SIDON, Lebanon — Seaborne Israeli troops armed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns ambushed a patrol of Muslim militiamen near this port city, killing at least six of them, police and Israeli officials said Monday.
Lebanese police said the raiders landed in rubber dinghies on a beach south of Sidon shortly before midnight Sunday and ambushed a jeep-mounted patrol of the leftist, Syrian-backed Popular Liberation Army militia.
The attackers, who numbered between 30 and 40, fired four rocket-propelled grenades and raked the patrol's two jeeps with machine-gun fire at a highway bridge near Sidon's southern entrance, then rode the dinghies back to waiting gunboats, police said.
Two Israeli gunboats shelled areas near the ambush scene as the raiders escaped under parachute flares dropped by Israeli helicopter gunships, police said. A military spokesman in Jerusalem said there were no Israeli casualties.