TEL AVIV (Aug. 1)
Israeli helicopters raided a terrorist base north of Tripoli today, the army announced. The base was a training center for the dissident Palestine Liberation Organization faction led by Abu Mussa. It was this group which fought the PLO groups which remained loyal to Yasir Arafat and which led to Arafat’s expulsion from Tripoli last year.
The helicopter pilots reported having scored accurate hits on their targets, which included boats and buildings containing explosives. All Israeli aircraft returned safely to their base, the army reported. The terrorist training base is located at the mouth of Barad River, some 10 kilometers northeast of Tripoli.
The terrorists have recently stepped up their preparations for attacks on Israel from the sea. Several attempts to reach Israel’s shores to land terrorists for attacks on the civilian population in northern Israel have been foiled recently.
A vessel which had been used as a mother ship in an aborted attack was intercepted recently and brought to the port of Haifa where its crew told how they had been forced to take a group of terrorists on board, with their weapons, explosives and a rubber dinghy. The attack was called off and the terrorists returned to their base, for reasons not disclosed.