MIDDLE EAST: Border Violence, Hands of Peace

An experience of fire followed by an exchange of words

Bloody violence broke out once more last week across the border between Israel and Lebanon. From bases below the Litani River, Palestinian fedayeen launched a series of attacks with Soviet-made Katyusha rockets on the Israeli coastal town of Nahariya. Three Israelis, one a 35-year-old mother of two, were killed and five wounded.

To revenge the dead and discourage further attacks, Israel retaliated—and perhaps overreacted—with heavy artillery barrages and bombing raids on southern Lebanon. When the Israeli Phantoms and Kfirs had completed their runs and wheeled back to base, three villages—'Izziyah, Hinniyah...

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