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Avivim Settlement Under Mortar Fire from Terrorists in Lebanon

October 27, 1970
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Guerrillas in Lebanon fired mortars at Avivim settlement in Upper Galilee last night. The shelling caused no casualties but sparked an alert all along the Lebanese border region where Palestinian terrorists are active once more. The settlement was the scene last May of a terrorist attack on a school bus in which eight school children and four adults were killed and 21 other passengers were wounded. According to Israeli sources the fedayeen are meeting resistance from the local population which wants no repetition of last spring’s situation when their villages were caught between guerrilla fire and Israeli retaliatory action. Fedayeen trying to find shelter in Lebanese border villages for the winter are being kept out by road blocks and several armed clashes have already taken place, the Israeli sources reported. The villagers have sent delegations to the authorities in Beirut asking protection from the guerrillas. Israeli authorities have detained about 70 terrorist suspects on the West Bank in recent weeks, it was disclosed today. Fifty are from Nablus and the rest from Hebron. They all are believed to be members of various terrorist cells and to have engaged in sabotage activities. Several have admitted throwing hand grenades in Nablus. According to the authorities a number of the Nablus suspects are students belonging to prominent Arab families.

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