The funeral of two Palestinian commander who were killed in Sunday's (13 July) attack on a refugee camp by Israeli jets near Sidon, southern Lebanon, took place in Sidon on Monday (14 July).
The funeral of two Palestinian commander who were killed in Sunday's (13 July) attack on a refugee camp by Israeli jets near Sidon, southern Lebanon, took place in Sidon on Monday (14 July). Hundreds of people lined the route that the funeral procession took through the city, and at the graveside Palestinian commandos fired a last solute to the two men.
During the attack on the Ain Al-Heloue camp, at least five people were killed and 35 were wounded. The Israeli aircraft the village twice during Sunday afternoon, and each time they met with fierce resistance from Lebanese and Palestinian commando artillery.
The attack took place six days after Israeli jets and gunboats had shelled, rocketed the bombed Palestinian camps near Tyre, further down the coast towards the Israeli border. The Israelis say that Palestinian commandos mount attacks from Lebanon but the commandos reply that such raids inside Israel are carried out by unite operating inside the country.
The Palestine News Agency (WAFA) and a spokesman for one of the main commando groups -- the popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PDFLP) -- said on Sunday that two Israeli fighter-bombers were shot down, and the PDFLP claimed to have captured the Israeli pilot of one of the 'planes. But later these claims were reduced to one aircraft shot down, and a parachute -- at first thought to belong to an Israeli pilot-was said to be a decoy.