Israeli naval gunboats shelled a refugee settlement around the southern Lebanese town of Rashadiyah during Wednesday night (30 October).
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Background: Israeli naval gunboats shelled a refugee settlement around the southern Lebanese town of Rashadiyah during Wednesday night (30 October).
The raid was allegedly in retaliation for a shelling attack on an Israeli gunboat which was patrolling off a border checkpoint between the two countries.
Palestinian sources said five people were killed and 13 wounded during the attack.
The Israelis claimed Lebanese soldiers had fired mortar rounds at the Israeli gunboat on Tuesday (29 October).
Lebanese officials said eight Israeli gunboats had penetrated three miles inside Lebanese territorial waters and shelled the town where 12,000 refugees were sheltering.
The next day - as Israeli jets flew overhead - the townspeople inspected the damage caused by the night's shelling attack.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli aircraft fly over Rashadiyah in southern Lebanon the day after the area was shelled by Israeli gunboats.
Eight vessels penetrated three miles into Lebanese waters - and shelled the town where about twelve thousand refugees live. Five people were killed and thirteen injured.
The Israelis said the attack was in retaliation for a mortar attack on a gunboat the night before. The naval vessel was on patrol near the Lebanese border with Israel. It was apparently taking part in the large scale search for Arab guerrillas that is going on in northern Israel.
During the one-hour attack scores of old men, women and children sheltered in nearby orange groves. The Israeli boats were finally repulsed by Lebanese artillery and guerrilla units.
Rashadiyah houses the second largest number of refugees in Lebanon and it's the second time it's come under fire. Last August and Israeli gunboat attack killed one person and injured five others