In the northern sector of the West Bank, four guerrillas, believed to be Palestinians, attacked an Israeli settlement in the early hours of Monday morning (12 June).
GV Settlement with troops walking among settlers (2 shots)
CU Bullet holes in wall of house
GV Dead guerrilla lifted onto stretcher and carried away (2 shots)
SV Onlookers with troops in background
GV Troops outside perimeter wall of settlement (2 shots)
GV Knesset in Jerusalem
GV and CU Israeli Minister of Interior Yosef Burg steps out of car and makes statement (2 shots)
BURG: "In my opinion and I believe is the opinion of all the Jews all over the world, what happened last night is another proof of the murderous intention (indistinct) of the P.L.O. people, without any differentiations between old and young people, women, children and so on and I believe there are two things which have to be learnt. That we in Israel, we have to fortify and to strengthen our defence and that all over the world, people of good will (indistinct), have to understand what kind of unhuman, human beings the P.L.O, are"
The attack on Mehula came as Israeli troops began to withdraw from Southern Lebanon and hand over control of the border zone to local Christian militias. The United Nations interim force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) had been expected to occupy the area after the Israeli withdrawal. Major-General Avigdor Ben Gal, commander of the occupying Israeli forces made no mention of UNIFIL troops during the ceremonial handover to Christian militiamen. Reuters News Agency reports that a U.N. spokesman said that the Israeli troops had agreed to help the UNIFIL forces take up positions in the border zone.
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Background: In the northern sector of the West Bank, four guerrillas, believed to be Palestinians, attacked an Israeli settlement in the early hours of Monday morning (12 June). Settlers in Mehula, near the town of Beat Shean, fired on the intruders and one guerrilla was shot dead.
SYNOPSIS: Mehula, lying only 800 metres (875 yards) from the Jordanian border, was one of the first Israeli settlements to be established on the West Bank following the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. General Moshe Levy, the officer commanding the area said that the guerrillas crossed the border, entered the settlement and hammered on the door of a house. The attackers started shooting, but the owner returned the fire. Killing one of the guerrillas and wounding another.
The remaining guerrillas fled into Jordan. Settlers in the area are continually on the alert. It used to be a frequent target for terrorist border raids until Jordan expelled Palestinian guerrillas in 1970. In Jerusalem, Israeli Interior Minister Yosef Burg commented on the attack, the first in the area for four years