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ISRAELI PLANES ATTACK REBEL TARGETS IN LEBANON

Israeli fighter planes attacked suspected guerrilla targets in south Lebanon Saturday, an Israeli military spokesman said.

Israel has increasingly used its air power in recent months in its war against the pro-Iranian Hezbollah and other Lebanese groups fighting to end Israel's occupation of the nine-mile-deep zone.

Israel and Syria, the main power broker in Lebanon, have resumed peace talks after a 45-month freeze, potentially setting the scene for an Israeli withdrawal from south Lebanon that Israel's government has pledged to carry out by the middle of next year.

Earlier in the week, Israel and the Hezbollah upheld a two-day cease-fire in south Lebanon to allow Red Cross workers to removed the bodies of slain Hezbollah fighters.

Israel has occupied parts of Lebanon since 1978. It set up the present zone in 1985, saying it would serve as protection from guerrilla attacks on northern communities.

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