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killed in ambush
abortion bill veto
Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Israeli military jets
and artillery bombarded suspected
.errilla targets in southern Lebanon
" esterday, hours after two Israeli sol-
-diers were killed in an ambush that left
eight others wounded.
The incident, the most serious attack
against Israeli troops in Lebanon since
five soldiers were killed June 10,
occurred against a backdrop of height-
ened tensions between Israel and Syria
and a flurry of U.S. diplomatic activity
aimed at restarting the stalled Middle
-East peace talks.
* At least three guerrillas from the
Shiite Muslim organization Hezbollah
-also died in an exchange of fire with
Israeli soldiers that followed the
ambush near the village of Sojoud, an
Israeli military spokesman said..
The Israeli army unit was patrolling
the area on foot when it was ambushed,
Israel television reported.
Yesterday's casualties raise to 20 the
umber of Israeli soldiers killed this
ear by Hezbollah, which is seeking to
oust Israel from the self-declared secu-
rity zone it occupies along the uneasy
border with Lebanon.
After the morning attack, Israeli jets
launched two air strikes against "firing
positions for terrorists" near the village
of Jabal Safi, the Israeli spokesman said.
The army reported accurate hits on
the planes' targets but gave no word on
casualties in the air raids or the shelling
that accompanied them.
The latest flare-up occurred as Israeli
Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai
was meeting in Tel Aviv with U.S. peace
envoy Dennis Ross, who arrived in the
region this week to try to restart dead-
locked negotiations between Israel and
Syria and to push for more progress in
talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
"Any time you have this kind of
fighting ... it creates a situation that
obviously has its own dangers," Ross
told reporters after he spoke with
Mordechai about South Lebanon. "That
is why I say, always, our interest is in
defusing tensions. If you defuse ten-
sions, you create a better basis for sta-
bilization.... We want the negotiations
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The House
voted yesterday to overturn President
Clinton's five-month-old veto of legis-
lation that would outlaw a contentious
technique to end pregnancies in their
late stages, putting the emotionally
charged issue in the political spotlight
just six weeks before Election Day.
The 285 to 137 vote - four more
votes than needed for the two-thirds
majority required - was a largely
symbolic victory for anti-abortion
forces, as the Senate is unlikely to
muster a similar majority to enact the
measure into law over Clinton's objec-
tions when it votes next week.
"I suspect it will be hard to override
it," Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott
(R-Miss.) said yesterday.
But the vote's political significance
is much larger, as it allows
Republicans to portray Clinton as an
extremist on the question of the abor-
tion procedure, which polls show is
opposed by a large majority o f
Americans. On the campaign trail
GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole
has pounded away at his support for
the ban and Clinton's veto of it.
The measure would outlaw what it
calls a "partial-birth abortion," the term
anti-abortion forces have given a proce-
dure in which a woman's birth canal is
widened and the fetus is removed feet
first until only the head remains in .he
woman's uterus. A doctor may collase
.the fetus's skull so that the head can be
drawn through the birth canal.
The bill would subject doctors -who
perform the procedure to fines and up
to two years in prison. In addition, it
would allow the fetus's father and, if
the woman is younger than 18, the
woman's parents to sue the doctor. The
only exception would be if no other
procedure would save the woman's
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