Soldiers Kill Infiltrators; Air Force Raids South Lebanon
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Israel’s soldiers killed three guerrillas in south Lebanon on Wednesday in the third such encounter this week, and later its planes raided bases of Palestinian and pro-Iranian forces blamed for infiltration attempts.
Soldiers shot a Palestinian to death in the occupied Gaza Strip and two others died of wounds suffered earlier, raising to 503 the number of Palestinians killed since an uprising began in the occupied lands nearly 18 months ago. Twenty-two Israelis have been slain.
Ten Palestinians were reported wounded in the Gaza Strip and two in the occupied West Bank.
Police detained six Jewish settlers suspected of killing a 13-year-old girl and wounding two other Palestinians in a raid Monday on Kifil Harith village in the West Bank. They were identified as students at the Joseph’s Tomb Yeshiva in Nablus, 12 miles away.
In Israel, a 4-year-old Arab boy was killed when he stepped on a mine near the border with Syria on the Golan Heights, police said.
Ehud Olmert, Cabinet minister for Arab affairs, said a new policy in Ariel, a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, that requires Arab workers to wear tags saying ″alien worker″ was ″insensitive, unintelligent and immoral.″
The policy, announced Tuesday, inspired comparison with the Nazis forcing Jews to wear yellow stars of David. Ron Nachman, mayor of Ariel, said all workers would wear the tags, not just Arabs.
A military spokesman said the border skirmish Wednesday occurred near Hula, a Lebanese village about a mile from the Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona, a military spokesman said.
It was the third encounter in four days in the ″security zone″ Israel maintains just north of the border. Sources in the Israeli-sponsored South Lebanon Army militia, which helps patrol the zone, said the guerrillas were trying to attack a militia position.
The two clashes Sunday and Tuesday, described as infiltration attempts, broke a lull of more than two months in guerrilla efforts to enter Israel. A total of three guerrillas were killed.
An army spokesman said troopers spotted the guerrillas Wednesday, opened fire and killed them immediately. The spokesman, who cannot be identified under army regulations, said there were no Israeli casualties.
Reporters in Kiryat Shmona were shown the bodies of the guerrillas, in white plastic bags, and four AK-47 assault rifles army officials said the men carried.
On Wednesday evening, the army command said, Israeli jets raided ″two terrorist targets″ near Sidon and in the Bekaa Valley. It described the targets as ″headquarters and ammunition dumps of Hezbollah and Abu Nidal″ that were ″point of planning″ for the infiltrations.
Hezbollah is a pro-Iranian Shiite Moslem militia, and the Abu Nidal group is a non-PLO guerrilla faction supported by Syria and Libya.
Lebanese police said four jets made the raid on Palestinian bases east of Sidon at about 7 p.m., and six struck Hezbollah bases in the Bekaa about 15 minutes later.
At least five guerrillas were missing and presumed dead from the attack on the Palestinian forces and nine guerrillas were wounded, the Lebanese police reported. They gave no casualties for the attack on Hezbollah targets.
Arab doctors identified the Palestinian killed Wednesday in the Gaza Strip as 20-year-old Ahmed Abdul Rahman Abu Habab and said he was shot in the chest in Khan Yunis. They said five Palestinians were wounded.
The two Palestinians who died of wounds suffered earlier were identified in Arab news reports as Ahmed Ibrahim Nawas, 18, shot Tuesday, and Mohammed Ali Farajani, 15, wounded May 14.
Palestinians throughout the occupied lands observed a general strike Wednesday that was ordered by Moslem fundamentalists to protest what they called Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s ″curse against the prophet Mohammed.″
The strike referred to a newspaper interview in which Shamir said Israel must not make territorial concessions to the Palestinians because they ″might say, ’Let’s cheat the Israelis just like Mohammed did.‴
Palestinians ″always bring these examples of how Mohammed used all sorts of ruses to overcome his opponents,″ Shamir told the Jerusalem Post in the interview published earlier this month.