Israel Hands Over Another South Lebanon Position to SLA

Published May 16th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Israeli army said it handed over a key position in occupied south Lebanon to its allied militia in the region on Tuesday, the second such transfer in the run-up to its planned pull-out in July, reported AFP Tuesday. 

An army spokesman said soldiers stationed at the Rotem post on the Mediterranean cost were returned to Israeli territory after the handover to the South Lebanon Army (SLA). 

The Rotem outpost, in the western sector of Israel's occupation zone, was handed over to Israel’s proxy militia "to enable SLA soldiers to better defend the area close to their village", the army said in a statement quoted by Reuters.  

On Monday, the army transferred the Taibeh outpost to the SLA. The stronghold has been the target of daily attacks by Lebanese Hizbollah guerrillas fighting to oust Israel from a "security zone" established in 1985.  

The SLA has some 30 fortified positions in southern Lebanon, three times as many as the Israelis. They have abandoned a total of seven since Israel confirmed in March its intention to pull back to its international border with Lebanon by July. 

The fate of the SLA after Israeli troops leave is still uncertain. 

In the meantime, Israeli aircraft attacked suspected Hizbollah positions in south Lebanon overnight, a Lebanese security source quoted by Reuters said on Tuesday.  

Two Israeli planes fired at targets near Iqmata village in the central sector, north of Israel's south Lebanon occupation zone, the source said.  

There were no immediate reports of casualties – (Several Sources)  

 

 

 

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