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Precede: JERUSALEM Israelis Planes Attack Arab Base in Lebanon, Seven Reported Wounded

March 15, 1991

CHTOURA, Lebanon (AP) _ Two Israeli warplanes today blasted a Palestinian guerrilla base in Syrian- controlled east Lebanon, wounding seven of the fighters, police said.

The jets targeted a base manned by Libyan-backed guerrillas of Samir Ghoshe’s Palestine Popular Struggle Front, said a police spokesman, who cannot be identified in line with regulations.

The planes fired four rockets that scored direct hits on the base, the police spokesman said. He said the Bakaa Valley base is a one-story house in fields south of the main highway.

In a communique in Jerusalem, the army command said the air raid destroyed the base near the Damascus-Beirut highway. It said all the jets returned safely.

It said the base was a launching point for attacks on Israel.

The raid was Israel’s fifth air attack in Lebanon this year. It came two days after a visit to Israel by Secretary of State James A. Baker III, who was trying to determine the prospects for peace now that the Persian Gulf War is over.

Twelve people were killed and 41 wounded in the previous Israeli air attacks this year. Israel carried out 21 air raids into Lebanon in 1990, killing 40 people, according to Lebanese police count.

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