debkafile reports: Hizballah lost 10-12 men in Sunday`s clashes across the Lebanese Israeli border following two attacks
Hizballah is believed to have lost 10-12 men. Israel – 2 wounded.
The Israeli military are watching to see if the Lebanese Hizballah re-occupies the 20 border bases which Israeli tanks, artillery, jets and naval craft destroyed Sunday in reprisal for the massive Hizballah rocket-mortar-missile bombardment the length of the Israeli border sector.
Some 150,000 inhabitants of three Israeli towns and five communities came out of bomb shelters in the evening are several hours under heavy fire.
Prime minister Ehud Olmert and defense minister Amir Peretz must now decide very quickly whether to uphold the Sharon government’s policy of allowing Hizballah positions to function close up to the Israeli border, according to debkafile‘s military sources. The alternative is to apply the Gaza Strip format, whereby Israeli forces chase away any Palestinians approaching the border fence.
They also report that Hizballah and Ahmed Jibril’s PFLP-General Command lost a senior commander each in Israeli reprisals – Yusuf Ala e-Din, 36, Hizballah commander, and Abu Nabil al Tunisi, PFLP-GC deputy commander of Lebanon’s eastern sector.
Ala e-Din, trained at Iran’s command and staff officers’ school, was one of Hizballah’s brightest officers. Our military sources add that the counter-attack by Israeli jets and helicopters knocked out most of the radar and electronic tracking stations the Iranians set up along the Israeli border. The stations were operated by Lebanese technicians in the pay of Iran and Syrian military intelligence. They relayed every scrap of incoming data directly to Syrian military staff headquarters in Damascus, where Iranian officers are also stationed.
One of the important 20 positions destroyed was Nevi Obadiah opposite Misgav Am. The electronic ears and eyes at this base kept Syrian and Iranian agents abreast of Israeli military movements in the Galilee panhandle and the Golan slopes.