MIDDLE EAST: Almond-Blossom Battles

In the foothills of Lebanon's Mount Hermon last week, the quiet of almond-blossom time was shattered by the whine of jets, the clatter of tank treads and the thunder of explosions. Israel continued its attacks on Palestinian guerrilla bases inside Lebanon (TIME, March 6), and the fighting there indirectly led to a skirmish on the Syrian border and at least temporarily deprived the fedayeen of one more base of operation against Israel.

The battles began when Israeli troops, in reprisal for the deaths of six people at fedayeen hands, attacked guerrilla bases in...

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