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Sunday, May 30, 1999 Published at 11:03 GMT 12:03 UK

World: Middle East

Israeli troops to withdraw from Jezzine

Israel has said that its militia allies in south Lebanon would leave the town of Jezzine, on the edge of the Israeli-occupied zone, in the next one or two weeks.

The South Lebanon Army militia has been controlling the Jezzine area, which is under frequent attack by Hezbollah guerrillas.

The Israeli prime minister-elect, Ehud Barak, has pledged to withdraw Israel's own troops from Lebanon in the next year.

Israeli planes struck early today at targets which they say they suspect to be Hezbollah positions.

Areas in Iqlim al-Tuffah and Tallat Mlita were hit.

An Israeli government spokesman said its planes returned safely.

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