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An Israeli soldier was killed in a guerrilla attack today in southern Lebanon, Lebanese security officials said.

It was the first death of an Israeli soldier in Lebanon since Aug. 17 when three were killed.

The soldier was killed today when guerrillas fired a rocket and scored a direct hit on the Israeli military outpost in Bayyada, which overlooks the southern port city of Tyre, the officials said.

The Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrilla group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Israeli deaths in south Lebanon have prompted calls for a withdrawal of Israeli forces from the zone Israel established in 1985 to deter cross-border guerrilla attacks.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has pledged to pull out of south Lebanon by July.

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