Twenty four houses were blown up, 13 civilians were kidnapped and two women killed in an Israeli raid on South Lebanon early on Saturday (13th April).
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Background: Twenty four houses were blown up, 13 civilians were kidnapped and two women killed in an Israeli raid on South Lebanon early on Saturday (13th April).
News of the raid came from the Defence Ministry in Beirut. it said the raid was mounted against six villages by several Israeli units between midnight and one a.m. The villages were named as Dahira, Yarine, Mheibib, Blida, Taybeh and Aitaroun.
The communique said the Israelis blew up a power station at Taybeh, as well as destroying the 24 houses. They kidnapped the civilians and killed a woman and her daughter, who were found under the rubble of their blown-up house at Mheibib. The communique said the Israelis returned to their own territory after the raid.
Eyewitnesses said the Israeli raiders crossed the border on foot, and entered the villages of Dahira and Yarine. They said the other raiders, in units of 80 to 200 men, entered the other four villages in tracked vehicles.
The eyewitnesses said the Israelis fried some shots int he air as they were withdrawing, and a helicopter let off flares to show them the road back. Local sources said most of the 13 villagers kidnapped by the Israelis were leftists. The sources said there were no Palestinian guerillas in the area raided by the Israelis. They said the commandos left the area "a long time ago" at the request of the villagers and the authorities.
At the United Nations, Lebanon called for a meeting of the Security Council to discuss the raid. Council President Talib Lel-Shibib, of iraq, is consulting other members of the Council, and the meeting is likely to be held on Monday (15th April).