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Israeli Warplanes Attack Suspected Hezbollah Bases

Mon., Dec. 29, 1997, midnight

Israeli warplanes raided suspected Hezbollah bases in southern Lebanon on Sunday, Lebanese security officials said. No casualties were reported.

Two fighter jets fired four air-to-surface missiles in two sorties on Iqlim al-Tuffah, a Hezbollah stronghold that faces an Israeli-occupied border enclave in south Lebanon, the security officials said on customary condition of anonymity.

Black smoke billowed from the stricken area, and Lebanese army antiaircraft guns fired at the jets but missed. The Israeli jets returned an hour later and fired two additional missiles.

Shortly before the raid, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah said it had secured freedom for one of its guerrillas held in an Israeli prison.

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