Israeli seaborne commandos stormed ashore near the south Lebanese village of Aadloun early on Friday (18 May), but failed in an attempt to strike at palestinian guerrilla positions.
Israeli seaborne commandos stormed ashore near the south Lebanese village of Aadloun early on Friday (18 May), but failed in an attempt to strike at palestinian guerrilla positions. The raid, the second of its kind along South Lebanon's Mediterranean coast this year, was backed by a naval rocket barrage and fire from helicopter gunships, but Palestinian officials claim the Israelis inflicted no casualties on Palestinians. The attack followed five days of Israeli air, naval and artillery bombardments of Palestinian-controlled areas of Lebanon earlier this month.
SYNOPSIS: Once ashore, the attackers had to cross a narrow strip of beach and the main Sidon-Tyre highway before reaching the high steel gates of the Banona Grove, where a house was dynamited. Palestinian officials said the house had been a civilian workers' day shelter and was unoccupied when the Israeli attack came.
Officials in Aadloun said thee were no Palestinian guerrillas in the immediate area when the Israelis landed, but men were quickly moved in from nearby positions to join in the battle with the raiders.
The Palestinian news agency WAFA sa??? that traces of blood found as the Israelis withdrew indicated that the attackers had suffered casualties. the raid was reminiscent of an attack earlier this year, when Israelis landed and dynamited a house south of Tyre.
Palestinian guerrillas control a belt of land to the north of United Nations' positions in South Lebanon and Israeli Premier Menachem Begin has vowed to destroy them. In return, the Palestinians have threatened increased raids into Israel. Last Monday (14 May) Palestinian commandos killed tow people in a bomb explosion in Israel's Tiberias.