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4 Die in Israeli, Guerrilla Clashes

November 20, 1998

TYRE, Lebanon (AP) _ Israeli warplanes and artillery attacked suspected guerrilla hideouts Friday following a series of clashes in south Lebanon. Four guerrillas were reportedly killed.

Guerrillas of the Syrian-backed Amal group attacked Israeli and allied militia positions in the Israeli-occupied zone at daybreak, Lebanese security officials said.

Three guerrillas were killed in the assaults, said an Israeli army spokesman in Jerusalem. Amal said none of its fighters was killed.

Shortly afterwards, two Israeli jets fired on targets near villages southeast of Tyre, Lebanese officials said. It was the 100th Israeli air raid on south Lebanon this year.

Later the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group launched at least two attacks on Israeli forces, which responded with artillery against a Hezbollah stronghold near Iqlim al-Tuffah.

In Jerusalem, a military spokesman said one guerrilla was killed in that clash.

Hezbollah, or the Party of God, is leading a guerrilla war to try to oust 1,500 Israeli troops and the 2,500 allied militiamen from the zone that Israel set up in 1985 to shield its northern towns against cross-border guerrilla attacks.

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