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July 23, 1993 - Image 69

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-07-23

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Israel soldiers evacuate casualties from attacks in southern Lebanon.

Face Off Results:
Wounded And Dead

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Two
Israeli soldiers were wound-
ed and a guerrilla killed dur-
ing a clash in southern Leb-
anon over the weekend, as
Israel and Syria exchanged
harsh warnings about the
increasingly tense at-
mosphere on the Israeli-
Lebanese border.
Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin confirmed that the
Israel Defense Force had
sent reinforcements into the
border security zone in
southern Lebanon following
the deaths of five Israeli
soldiers earlier this month.
He said Israel would
retaliate for attacks against
its soldiers.
At its weekly meeting,
Israel's Cabinet issued a in-

Guerrillas
detonated a
roadside bomb
inside the
security zone
near Bint Jbail.

direct warning to Lebanon
and to Syria, whose deputy
foreign minister said over
the weekend that any Israeli
attack on Lebanon would be
regarded by Damascus as an
attack on Syria.
The Syrian official said his
country accepted respon-
sibility for Lebanon, regard-
ed in Damascus as a protec-
torate.
In the latest border clash,
guerrillas detonated a road-
side bomb inside the security
zone near Bint Jbail as an
armored IDF patrol passed
by.
Gunmen then opened fire
on the IDF unit with assault

.

rifles and anti-tank rockets,
according to Lebanese
security sources.
Responding to the attack,
the soldiers opened fire on
the gunmen, killing one of
them. Other gunmen then
returned fire, injured two
Israelis and fled.
One of the wounded Israeli
soldiers was reported to be in
good condition, while the
other suffered light to
moderate injuries, the IDF
spokesman said.
Reacting to the border
clashes, the Israeli Cabinet
issued a statement that the
IDF was prepared to rein-
force its troops in the securi-
ty zone and warned it was in
a position to take effective
action against any attempts
to disrupt life in border
villages and settlements in
Israel or against Israeli
forces in the security zone.
Deputy Defense Minister
Mordechai Gur explained
later that "it was not exactly
a warning. It was rather a
restatement of the situation
on the ground.
"We are not ready to allow
the situation to degenerate
again into a series of clashes
and counterclashes. The
Syrians should know that we
are not prepared to remain
without a response to at-
tacks on us," he said.
But Interior Minister
Aryeh Deri, in a cryptic
statement on which he
would not elaborate, said,
"This is much more than
just a warning."
Some media reports hinted
that a major military action
was in the works.
Lebanese President Elias
Hrawi announced that at-
tacks against the IDF would
continue in the security zone
until all Israeli forces had
left Lebanese territory.

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