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Israeli warplanes strike Palestinian bases in Lebanon

Published May 29, 2006

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israeli warplanes attacked Palestinian militant bases in Lebanon on Sunday in response to a rocket attack on northern Israel, Lebanese officials said. One militant was killed and at least five were wounded.

The Lebanese army said six rockets were fired at a base in eastern Lebanon while several others hit a base near the Mediterranean coast.

"Lebanese army anti-aircraft units opened fire at the hostile warplanes," the army said.

The jets targeted two militant command posts, one of which was used as a storage facility for weaponry and ammunition, the Israeli army said.

The planes carried three raids on a base of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command in Sultan Yacoub, a village about 3 miles from the Syrian border, the Associated Press reported, cited unnamed Lebanese officials.

Lebanese Red Cross ambulances took the slain militant and the five wounded from Sultan Yacoub base, the officials said.

The jets then carried out air raids on the hills outside the town of Naameh, 12 miles south of Beirut, where the PFLP-GC Palestinian militant group also has bases.

"Israel attacked this morning one of our positions in the western sector of the Bekaa Valley," in eastern Bekaa Vally, Anwar Raja, the PFLP-GC representative in Lebanon, told the Associated Press.

Raja later told Hezbollah's Al-Manar television that one guerrilla was killed and six wounded. He did not say if the casualties were in Sultan Yacoub or Naameh.

Later Sunday, the Lebanese army sent a bulldozer to the PFLP-GC base near Sultan Yacoub to help remove rubble from the entrance of a tunnel, security officials said.

Palestinian militants did not allow the Lebanese troops into their base, and said two Israeli rockets had not exploded, the officials said.

The air strike came hours after militants in Lebanon fired rockets at northern Israel. One soldier was wounded in the rocket attack, the Israeli army said.

Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group did not claim responsibility for the attack.

Six to eight Katyusha rockets were fired at Israel overnight, the Associated Press reported, citing an unnamed Israeli military official. One rocket fell inside a military base on top of Mount Miron. Mount Miron is considered holy by many Jews.

[Last modified May 29, 2006, 06:44:16]

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