• Short Summary

    A vehicle repair shop and motor assembly point used by Palestinian guerrillas in southern Lebanon was among five targets hit in Israeli air raids during the weekend (14 and 15 October).

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    A vehicle repair shop and motor assembly point used by Palestinian guerrillas in southern Lebanon was among five targets hit in Israeli air raids during the weekend (14 and 15 October).

    The garage was just outside the southers Lebanese port of Sidon. Six people were wounded there. The Palestine News Agency reported that one civilian was killed and ten wounded in the air attacks.

    Another of the targets was further south, in the Lebanese coastal village, Bkaika. Two of the commando positions were in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and the fifth target was in Syria near the coastal town of Mesiaf.

    Casualties were not heavy.

    There was no advance warning as the Israeli jets went into action for the first time in a month.

    The raids came at a time when guerillas had pulled back from some parts of the Lebanese border.

    In the raid on the Sidon garage, the aircraft avoided hitting the nearby giant oil storage tanks of the American owned Trans-Arabian Pipeline (Tapline).

    The previous Israeli raid on Lebanon was on 16 and 17 september when a large-scale ground and air attack was mounted against Palestinian guerillas in the south of Lebanon.

    That operation resulted in the deaths of 25 civilians, 18 Lebanese soldiers, and at least 35 guerillas.

    SYNOPSIS: A vehicle repair shop and motor assembly point in Southern Lebanon was among five Palestinian guerilla targets hit in weekend raids by israeli aircraft.

    Six people were wounded in the rocket and strafing attack on the garage on the outskirts of the port of Sidon.

    The raid was accurate - the garage was destroyed, but the Israeli attackers avoided hitting the nearby oil storage tanks of the American-owned Trans-Arabian Pipeline.

    Three of the other targets hit were also commando positions in Lebanon. The fifth was in syria, near the coastal town of Mesiaf.

    The Palestine News Agency, WAFA, reported the total casualties in the five raids as, one killed and ten wounded.

    The guerillas in this region paraded openly, carrying weapons. The garage was less than a mile (1.5 KM) from the centre of Sidon.

    The guerillas also manned makeshift road-blocks, and mingled with Lebanese troops.

    The Israeli raids came at a time when the guerillas had pulled back from some parts of the border with Israel and had suspended military activities.

    Casualties were far below the previous Israeli air raids in mid-September. The guerillas were not given the slightest warning of impending attack. Usually the Israelis make public threats before air raids and tends to link attacks with specific guerilla activity. This time they just struck.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB7FXNSTFGQ7XLW1795UO6J1YN
    Media URN:
    VLVAB7FXNSTFGQ7XLW1795UO6J1YN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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