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Guerrilla Group Claims Rocket Attack on Northern Israel

April 17, 1987

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) _ A Libyan-backed Palestinian guerrilla group claimed responsibility today for a rocket attack on a northern Israeli town.

The group said the attack was in retaliation for Israeli air raids on a refugee camp in south Lebanon.

Samir Ghoseh’s Palestine Popular Struggle Front said a guerrilla unit ″operating in the occupied homeland rocketed an Israeli settlement in the occupied Galilee Thursday.″

″The 107-mm rockets scored direct hits on the targets,″ the group said in a statement.

A Soviet-designed Katyusha rocket slammed into a northern Israeli town Thursday, wounding one person and causing shock to three people, an Israeli army spokesman said. He did not name the town.

Israeli military sources in Tel Aviv said one rocket struck the northern town of Kiryat Shmona and another landed in Israeli territory without causing damages or casualties.

The Palestinian claim did not mention Kiryat Shmona by name. It said the rocket attack was carried out ″in retaliation for recent Zionist (Israeli) air raids against the Ein el-Hilweh camp.″

At least 12 Israeli warplanes made several mock dive-bombing runs Wednesday night over the Palestinian refugee camps of Mieh Mieh and Ein el-Hilweh outside the southern Lebanese port of Sidon.

On Feb. 9, Israeli helicopter gunships blasted a one-story building that Yasser Arafat’s Fatah guerrillas were using as a base in Ein el-Hilweh.

The Israelis have made nine air strikes against Palestinian guerrilla bases around Sidon this year.

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