Israeli Armed forces are continuing their largest-ever operation against Arab guerrilla bases across the border in Lebanon.
Israeli Armed forces are continuing their largest-ever operation against Arab guerrilla bases across the border in Lebanon. The strikes, which began early on Saturday morning (September 16), were carried out by Israeli tanks and motorised infantry--supported by jet fighters and heavy artillery barrages.
More than 36 hours after the start of the attack, the main units withdrew back to base, but others were still active in combing certain sectors for guerrillas. It has also been reported that the Lebanese Government has issued an ultimatum to the guerillas to evacuate the Lebanese villages which they have been using as bases for incursions into Israel. In support of this ultimatum, Lebanese troops are said to be taking up positions in and around the border villages.
The Israeli action against Arab guerrilla bases has been intensified since the shooting of the Israeli athletes at the Olympics in Munich.
While most Arab countries--and the Soviet Union--joined in denouncing Israel for the attacks on Lebanon, there were signs in Israel itself that there would be more to come, including possible similar offensives against guerrillas bases in Syria.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli armoured cars in action in Lebanon on Saturday. They are part of the largest-ever operation against Arab guerrilla bases across the Lebanese border.
Heavy artillery barrages supported advances by tanks and motorised infantry, hurling round after round into the villages suspected of housing Arab guerrillas who have been carrying out incursions into Israel. Air support was also given by Israeli fighter jets.
At the and of thirty-six hours of raids, the main Israeli units were withdrawn-- but others continued to search ???or Palestinian guerrillas. On Sunday it was announced that the Lebanese Government has issued an ultimatum to the guerrillas to evacuate the villages.
The remains of a Lebanese army jeep and its driver, were indicative of the violence of the fighting.
Many of the casualties were taken for treatment to the nearby hospital at Tibnine--in Lebanon. The Israeli command indicated that there had been considerable casualties on both sides. From Beirut, reports that sixty one Lebanese soldiers had been killed or wounded. Figures of civilian or palestinian commando casualties were not announced by either side. Meanwhile, denunciations of the Israeli attacks were being made by most Arab countries and by the Soviet Union. From Israel itself, intimations that there would be more to come, including possible similar raids on guerrillas bases in Syria. Israeli action against the guerrillas has been intensifies since the Munich killings of Israel's Olympic athletes.