Hezbollah Claims Foiling Israelis
Jan. 22, 1999
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) _ Lebanese guerrillas said Friday they had driven back an overnight attempt by Israeli troops to infiltrate a village north of an Israeli-occupied enclave.
The Iranian-backed Hezbollah group said its guerrillas detonated a roadside bomb as Israeli soldiers were attempting to sneak into the village of Shaqra.
Guerrillas opened fire as Israeli reinforcements arrived, forcing the soldiers to retreat in clashes that lasted until early Friday morning, Hezbollah said.
In Jerusalem, an Israeli army statement said Israeli troops ``acted last night against a cell that plants bombs near hostile villages'' north of the Israeli-occupied zone.
There were no Israeli casualties, the statement added.
The village is five miles north of the enclave Israel occupies in southern Lebanon and is often used by Hezbollah guerrillas to launch attacks against Israeli troops inside the border zone.
Hezbollah is fighting to drive Israeli troops and their Lebanese militia allies from the zone in south Lebanon that Israel has held since 1985 to protect against cross-border attacks.