JERUSALEM, 18 APRIL 1996

HIZBULLAH ATTACKS IDF POST

(COMMUNICATED BY IDF SPOKESMAN)

THIS MORNING (THURSDAY), 18.4.96, HIZBULLAH TERRORISTS ATTACKED AN IDF POST AT ALI TAHER RANGE, IN THE CENTRAL SECTOR OF SOUTH LEBANON. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE OPERATION, TERRORISTS FLED TO THE HOME OF A HIZBULLAH ACTIVIST ON OUTSKIRTS OF NABATIYA, SOUTH LEBANON. IAF HELICOPTERS SENT TO SCENE WERE FIRED UPON BY ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE FROM THE AREA AROUND THE HOUSE TO WHICH THE TERRORISTS FLED. IAF PLANES FIRED AT AND HIT THE HOUSE. IDF AGAIN WARNS COMMUNITY RESIDENTS TO EVACUATE HOMES TO AVOID HARM, ESPECIALLY WHILE HIZBULLAH CONTINUES TO USE CIVILIAN HOMES TO OPERATE, HIDE AND SHOOT INTO GALILEE COMMUNITIES AND AT OUR FORCES.