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Court Sentences Two Hezbollah Guerrillas In Israel

May 16, 1988

LOD, Israel (AP) _ A military court today sentenced two Lebanese guerrillas to 13 years in prison for participating in an attack on Israeli-backed militiamen in southern Lebanon last year.

The guerrillas are members of the pro-Iranian group Hezbollah, or Party of God. Court sources said it was the first time Israel had tried Lebanese guerrillas for attacks on Lebanese and not Israeli targets.

The judge, Lt. Col. Ahron Alpern, found the guerrillas guilty of membership in Hezbollah, receiving illegal military training and participating in an attack on Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army forces.

The defendants, Kassem Kamets, 20 and Ismail Ali Zayan, 19, responded to the sentence by shouting: ″We will liberate Jerusalem.″

The two men are from the Lebanese village of Qabrikha, five miles north of the Israeli border. It has been the site of many clashes between Hezbollah and Pro-Israeli militiamen. The guerrillas were captured there by the South Lebanon Army in June 1987, officials said.

The South Lebanon Army, which numbers about 1,500, patrols a 10-to-12-mile wide security strip designated by Israel north of its border.

Israel established the zone after withdrawing the bulk of its forces from southern Lebanon in June 1985 after a three-year occupation.

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