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Israeli Naval Commandos Raid Terrorist Bases in South Lebanon

September 19, 1980
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Israeli naval commandos carried out a surprise raid last night on terrorist targets in the south Lebanese port of Tyre and the nearby Rashidiyeh refugee camp, o military spokesman announced today. The units carried out their mission and returned safely to their bases the announcement said.

The raid was the first of its kind on Tyre, a stronghold of Palestinian terrorists. A similar raid was conducted against the port of Sidon some time a go. According to Lebanese sources, the Israeli force in last night’s attack consisted of four naval craft and a helicopter and achieved surprise but later encountered heavy fire from terrorist shore batteries and anti-aircraft guns. Israeli sources gave no estimate of the casualties inflicted on the terrorist. United Nations sources in Lebanon said one child was killed and 34 people were injured in the Israeli attack.

Information was scarce from the target area because Maj. Sood Hoddod’s Christian militia closed down the Rosh Honikra border checkpoint today. Late yesterday afternoon, terrorists fired several Katyusha rockets into Upper Galilee. No casualties were reported and damage was slight.

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