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Six Arab Guerrillas Killed in South Lebanon

December 17, 1987

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) _ Israeli soldiers and allied Lebanese militiamen killed six Arab guerrillas in a gunbattle early today in south Lebanon, police said.

A police spokesman said the battle erupted when the guerrillas attacked a hilltop position manned by Israeli soldiers and militiamen of the South Lebanon Army. It took place west of Hasbaya at the foothills of Mount Hermon.

In Jerusalem, the Israeli army confirmed the predawn clash. An announcement said six guerrillas were killed by an Israeli force during an attempted attack on an SLA outpost northwest of Hasbaya.

There were no casualties suffered by Israeli forces, said the army command. It added that weapons, including rocket-propelled grenade launchers and Katyusha rocket launchers, were found in the area of the clash.

″The Israelis fired about 200 flares during the 30-minute battle. They pounded the attackers with howitzers and tank cannons,″ the police spokesman in Beirut said.

He was not identified in line with standing regulations.

On Tuesday, Israeli and SLA forces struck at pro-Iranian Shiite Moslem guerrillas north of Israel’s self-designated ″security zone″ of south Lebanon. The joint Israeli-SLA thrust was in an area northwest of today’s gunbattle.

Two militiamen of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, or Party of God, were injured in Tuesday’s operation.

Israel maintained the security zone when it withdrew the bulk of its occupation army from south Lebanon in the summer of 1985 to serve as a buffer against attacks into northern Israel.

The narrow strip of Lebanese territory, however, has recently been the target of attacks by Arab guerrillas.

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