DIARY OF RESISTANCE OPERATIONS – JUNE 1998
Islamic Resistance Performs 65 Operations in June 1998
This June, the different resistance squadrons performed 108 military operations: The Islamic Resistance performed 65, the Amal Movement significantly increased its operations to 40, the Lebanese Brigades for Resisting the Occupation performed 1, and "Nosour az-Zawba'a Organization" (Literally: "The Cyclone Eagles") performed 1. Though a blast killed Lahd militiaman Fouad Abu Zeid and his five-year-old son Danny on June 19, 1998, no side declared responsibility for the operation.
The Islamic-Resistance operations killed an "Israeli" officer and a soldier and wounded 9 others, acknowledged the enemy. The Islamic Resistance, however, said at least 11 Zionist soldiers rather than 9 were wounded.
The Islamic-Resistance operations as well killed 3 Lahd militiamen and wounded another, the enemy and the Lahd Militia acknowledged. One more militiaman was killed, too. The Islamic-Resistance sources, however, declared the fighters had killed 1 more militiamen.
On the other hand, three Islamic-Resistance fighters were martyred.
Furthermore, the Ghanaian Brigade, corresponding to the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in South Lebanon evacuated the pure bodies of 5 fighters from Slouki Valley. Two of them, martyr Hassan Ahmad Shamma and martyr Moussa Muhammad Abu Ta'am, were Islamic-Resistance fighters martyred while confronting the occupation forces in Tallousseh on February 26, 1998. As for the other three martyrs, Samer Muhammad Balouli, Saleh Muhammad al-Jada', and Rajeh Muhammad Suheil Eedi, they were fighters of the Palestinian Islamic-Jihad Movement. They were martyred while confronting the occupation forces on November 24, 1997.
Operation Haddatha, June 4, 1998
On June 4, 1998, the Islamic-Resistance artillerists monitored Zionist troops of the elite forces marshaled at Haddatha Site. Two days earlier, the Zionist troops arrived to replace the Lahd force positioned at the site. Though the troops had very covertly arrived at the site to assail the surrounding towns, the Islamic-Resistance artillerists attacked them, causing them serious casualties. A military helicopter landed down at the site to evacuate the casualties.
Though a Zionist military spokesman acknowledged a Zionist soldier was wounded, he claimed the soldier was wounded in a blast to conceal the positioning of the Zionist force at Haddatha Site.
Resistance Targets Motorcade of "Battalion 20" Commander, June 11, 1998
On June 11, 1998, an Islamic-Resistance group ambushed the motorcade of "Battalion 20" of the Lahd Militia. As the motorcade reached the ambush spot on Roum Route in Jezzine, the Resistance artillerists opened their fire on it, burning several vehicles. Besides, a group of the Islamic-Resistance Fire Backup Unit shelled the location of the motorcade.
In the evening, the Islamic Resistance attacked a Lahd patrol evacuating the burned vehicles. The enemy acknowledged the operation killed a Lahd militiaman and wounded another; whereas other press sources reported the operation killed Lahd militiaman Toni Hobeiqa and wounded three others, among who was Bashir el-Gemayel.
Operation Braachit, June 16, 1998
On June 16, 1998, the Islamic-Resistance fighters blasted a vehicle of the occupation forces near Braachit Site. The occupation sources claimed only one of the Zionist soldiers on the vehicle was wounded; whereas correspondents of foreign news agencies in al-Quds (Jerusalem) confirmed two soldiers were wounded.
Islamic Resistance Swaps Martyrs' Remains, June 24, 1998
Significant in June was the swap of the Zionist soldiers' body pieces with Lebanese detainees and martyrs' pure bodies. The swap was one of the greatest swaps taking place in the region, observers said.
Approximately at 11:00 p.m. on June 25, 1998, a French plane with the coffins of 40 martyrs on board landed down. 28 martyrs belonged to the Islamic Resistance, 9 to the Amal Movement, and 3 to the Communist Party. Waiting in Beirut International Airport was a crowd of officials, party representatives, ministers, and MPs, the most significant of whom was Premier Rafik Hariri, French Ambassador to Lebanon Daniel Jouanneau, Amnesty International representative, a delegation of Hizbullah commanders, several MPs of "the Loyalty to Resistance Bloc", a delegation of the Amal Movement, and another of the Communist Party.
A band of the Lebanese Army saluted the martyrs, chanting the mourning hymn and the Lebanese national anthem for their pure souls. Then army soldiers carried the coffins to special boards and covered each with the Lebanese flag.
Now Premier Hariri made a speech, "These martyrs represent all Lebanese sects... But what we have attained is not enough, for it is our duty to reclaim every Lebanese martyr or detainee." Premier Hariri then iterated the Resistance had to be embraced, and he thanked all parts contributing to the successful swap.
Thousands of citizens got aligned along roadsides from Beirut International Airport to "ar-Rassoul al-Aazam Hospital" (Literally: "The Grandest Prophet Hospital") as military trucks of the Lebanese Army transported the coffins to "Henri Shehab Barracks".
Earlier in the afternoon, Hizbullah handed over to the Lebanese Army all body pieces of the Zionist soldiers beaten in "the Ansariyeh Airdrop", which the Resistance foiled in 1997.
The pieces included 5 legs, 3 fingers, a scalp, a jaw, and some bones. Placed in a special fridge, the pieces were transported by two vehicles of "the Islamic Health Board", then by an ambulance of the Lebanese Army to Beirut International Airport. A French plane flew off to Larnaca then to Tel Aviv.
Next day, it was time for "the alive martyrs" to return after they had long been detained in the dark occupation prisons in al-Khiyam and occupied Palestine.
Warmly received and saluted by masses of the dear people of the occupied region, the convoy of the freed detainees set off from al-Khiyam Concentration Camp at noon. The convoy, which included a big bus, three small ones, an ambulance, five touristic vehicles, and a Jeep, belonged to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Four freed detainees remained in the occupied region: Zeid Barakat (from Shwaya Town), Ramzi Nohra and Ghassan al-Hasbani (from al-Qlai'a Town), and Maher Touma (from Ebel as-Saki Town).
Now the convoy passed through "Kfarfalouse Gate" to the first checkpoint of the Lebanese Army in East Saida. As the detainees were quite warmly welcomed by the cheerful masses, Premier Rafik Hariri made them a special reception. All sang the praises of the resistant heroes contributing to the brilliant history of the Lebanese resistance.
Operation Mash'aroun, June 25, 1998
On June 25, 1998, an Islamic-Resistance group perfectly ambushed a Zionist force of "the Nahal Brigade" near Mash'aroun Site and Tallousseh Town. As the force reached the ambush spot, the fighters bombed a heavy explosive. Positioned at a close distance, the fighters opened the fire of their firearms and artillery on the Zionist soldiers.
In the meantime, another Islamic-Resistance group blasted a Zionist reinforcement unit arriving in the operation zone. A third Islamic-Resistance group as well blasted reinforcements rushing to the operation spot from al-Abbad Site.
A lieutenant and a soldier of "the Nahal Brigade" were killed, and 4 others were wounded, three of who suffered a critical situation, the enemy acknowledged.
The Islamic-Resistance fighters' barrage made it quite difficult to evacuate the casualties, the enemy's channel mentioned.
Operation Toumet Niha, June 29, 1998
On June 29, 1998, the Islamic-Resistance fighters blasted a vehicle of the Lahd Militia en route to Toumet Niha Site. The blast was so strong that it thrust the vehicle into the valley. Each of the Lahd militiamen was injured or killed.
The Lahd-Militia sources acknowledged the blast killed two agents.