Middle East Death Before Daybreak

A bloody Palestinian raid follows a setback in Jordan

In the predawn darkness, Israeli naval officers spotted the rubber dinghy heading south toward the northern Israeli resort town of Nahariya. Ducking fire, the craft made for the Lebanese shore near the border, where the crew leaped onto the limestone rocks, scrambled to the cliffs above and deployed for battle. As illumination flares from Israeli helicopters lit up the area, the would-be invaders attacked Israeli troops with Soviet-made AK-47 assault rifles and hand grenades. When the shooting ended three hours later, two Israeli soldiers were dead and nine wounded. The bodies of four terrorists, one of them clad in blue jeans...

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