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Monday, July 24, 2006

On to Bint Jubayl

The photo on the right is an RPG marked with the logo of the Iranian military industry, which was seized by the IDF (and which provided the photo).

IDF ground forces this morning are engaged in a firefight with Hezbullah terrorists north of Maroun al-Ras. Overnight Sunday, IDF forces captured two Hizbullah terrorists overnight Sunday in Maroun al-Ras. They are the first prisoners taken by Israel in the current war. The captives have been transferred to prison in Israel.

On Sunday, the IDF dispatched troops to take up positions on the outskirts of Bint Jubayl, a village east of Maroun al-Ras. Bint Jubayl is known as Hezbullah's terror capital in Southern Lebanon. It has become Hizbullah's main base of terror operations since Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000. According to the IDF, approximately 80% of the 20,000 villagers have fled north as a result of IDF leaflets warning them to leave that were dropped in the area.

Early this morning, paratroop and Golani battalions, accompanied by armored corps forces and air cover, have started advancing in the direction of Bint Jubayl.

A senior IAF official said that helicopters and warplanes are accompanying the forces' movement on the ground and firing at the area before and during the invasion. The air force has also provided the troops on the ground with intelligence.

The IDF also said on Sunday that it planned to finish razing the Hezbullah outposts along the border with Israel by the end of the week. The IDF plans to create a one-km-security zone along the border and into Lebanon that would be off limits to Hezbullah guerillas. The IDF is also considering laying mines in the area.


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