The Israeli Navy destroyed a Palestinian speedboat carrying Arab guerrillas on Sunday night (3 June) as it raced to launch a rocket attack on the northern coast of Israel.
LS Patrol boat at sea showing radar spinning round at topo
CU Crew members at controls
CU Radat equipment and operators (3 shots)
MS Patrol boat along coastline as darkness falls
CS Radar operator
CS Silhouette view of radar
MS Section of boat picked up in spotlight from patrol boat
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Background: The Israeli Navy destroyed a Palestinian speedboat carrying Arab guerrillas on Sunday night (3 June) as it raced to launch a rocket attack on the northern coast of Israel.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli radar vessels like this one were patrolling waters near the northern border headland of Rosh Hanikra when they detected the Palestinian speedboat. Within minutes a patrol craft was sent to intercept the boa???.
Moving in close the Israelis saw a speed boat towing a rocket-launcher mounted on a raft....Israeli military believe the Palestinians intended to bombard the northern coastal resort of Rosh Hanikra with rockets and then head back to their base.
It was a novel mission for the Palestinians, as there seemed little intention of putting guerrillas ashore and seizing hostages as on previous raids. Those raids have proved costly in Palestinian manpower. And so did this one. It's thought five guerrillas drowned in the attack by the israeli patrol. A Soviet-made Katyusha rocket-launcher was later recovered by the Israelis. Several bodies of Palestinians were also pulled from the sea.