Hizbullah Launches Further Attacks Against Israeli Outposts

Published April 10th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Four Katyusha rockets hit northern Israel early Wednesday, the Israeli military said. There were no reports of injuries. A few hours later, Hizbullah resumed the firing on Israeli outposts in Shebaa Farms. 

 

Tensions have been rising along the Israeli-Lebanese border since Israeli forces moved into the West Bank about two weeks ago. 

 

Since the recent escalation began March 30 until Tuesday, Hizbullah has staged eight attacks in the Shebaa Farms, raising the number of operations in the occupied district to 19 since October 2000. 

 

Hizbullah launched further attacks against Israeli outposts in the Shebaa Farms Tuesday. Israeli warplanes bombed the outskirts of Kfar Shuba on three separate sorties. 

 

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, who went on an 11-country Mideast diplomatic mission in March, called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday to underscore U.S. concerns over the potential for fighting across the Israeli-Lebanon border. 

 

Meanwhile, Assistant Military Prosecutor in Lebanon, Maroun Zakhour, charged six Palestinians and two Syrians on Tuesday with forming armed groups, firing rockets and attempting to kill army personnel with unlicensed weapons. Five of them were arrested last week in the Western Bekaa while attempting to fire a rocket at the Shebaa Farms. 

 

It remains unclear which faction, if any, the five belong to. Initial reports said they were members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command. But the Syrian-based group, which operates under Hizbullah’s supervision in the South, denied the men were members.  

 

A senior military source told The Daily Star last week that they were “disorganized individuals.” (Albawaba.com) 


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