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Israeli Jets Bomb Terrorist Base

April 9, 1984
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Israel Air Force jets bombed a Palestinian terrorist base in Lebanon yesterday. A military spokesman said the target was a building in Bhamdoun on the Beirut-Damascus highway which served as a base for the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP).

The DFLP, headquartered in Damascus, claimed responsibility for the April 2 terrorist attack in downtown Jerusalem which wounded 48 persons. It is a Marxist, pro-Soviet group headed by Nayef Hawatmeh. The military spokesman said the Israeli pilots reported direct hits on the target and all planes returned safely to their bases.

But according to reports from Beirut, reporters who said they were taken to view the target after the bombing, the building, a former hotel, no longer houses the DFLP. The reporters said they were told that it is used as a weapons store by a pro-Syrian Lebanese militia.

The militiamen claimed that only the two top floors of the building were destroyed by the Israeli bombers while their weapons and ammunition remained intact in the basement.

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