Two Israeli soldiers were killed in south Lebanon today when their two-jeep patrol was ambushed several miles north of Nabativa. A bazooka shell fired from a concealed position at the roadside exploded between the two vehicles. The first jeep continued but the second was raked by small arms fire, killing its two occupants.
Heavy army reinforcements arrived. A search of the area yielded a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, bazookas and grenades.
Today’s incident was in an area that had been quiet until an Israeli soldier was killed a week ago. It brought the death toll of soldiers and other Israeli security personnel since the start of the war in Lebanon in June, 1982 to 571. About 3,300 have been wounded.
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