INTRODUCTION: Israel has mounted air and ground strikes against targets in southern Lebanon.
GVs Damaged buildings in Arab Salim (4 SHOTS)
SV PAN Funeral of villager killed in raid.
GVs Mourners at funeral. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Israel has mounted air and ground strikes against targets in southern Lebanon. The action heightened tensions in Beirut built up by eight days of fighting between right-wing militia and Syrian troops. At least 15 people were killed and 45 wounded in the attacks. Reports said six Israel Phantom jets blasted the village of Delhamiyeh about 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of Beirut. One of the worst hit areas was the village of Arab Salim about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Israeli border.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli units backed by jets, helicopters and shell fire from naval vessels off the coast hit the leftist forces in the village. Damage was extensive. Rightist newspapers said Arab Salim was a base for the pro-Iraqi Arab Liberation Front.
Many villagers were killed in the raid. Two T-34 tanks of World War Two vintage were destroyed and five houses blown up.
Western experts have dismissed Israeli suggestions that the tanks were a threat to the Israelis who have sophisticated US-made weapons. Meanwhile, the human toll continues. The latest upsurge of fighting has been described as the worst since the 1975-76 civil war. Palestinian leaders said it was designed to put pressure on Arab hardliners opposed to the Israeli-Egyptian Peace Treaty. The overnight raid came just 36 hours after a ceasefire had been worked out between Falangist militiamen and troops from the All-Syrian Arab Deterrent Force.