LEBANON: A Dangerous Vulnerability

Israeli raids and internal feuds raise fears of a new blowup

Israeli Phantom jets screeched over the Litani River, pummeling Palestinian artillery positions with bombs and rockets. Strike troops assaulted 18 different guerrilla positions. In a dramatic foray against Beaufort Castle, once a Crusaders' stronghold, Israeli attackers and Palestinian defenders engaged in vicious hand-to-hand combat. One artillery barrage alone, against Palestinian encampments in the town of Nabatiye, dropped an estimated 2,500 shells. Said a survivor: "They came down on us like rain."

The five-hour strike, which the Israeli government called a "preventive...

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