Incident Summary:

05/16/1999: Hizballah perpetrators attacked a South Lebanon Army (SLA) position in Beit Yahoun. The attackers abducted one SLA militiaman and captured an armored personnel carrier. One SLA soldier died and seven others were wounded during the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

An Nabatiyah

Beit Yahoun

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity South Lebanon Army (SLA)
Specific Description A South Lebanon Army (SLA) post located in Beit Yahoun
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The attack was not claimed by Hizballah, but the Israeli military confirmed that the group was behind the attack. Israeli radio claimed to have in custody a South Lebanon Army intelligence officer that was suspected in aiding Hizballah in the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hezbollah No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Resistance fighters claim capture of militia official in Lebanon,” Associated Press Worldstream, May 16, 1999.