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RESPITE FROM ROCKET EXCHANGE IN S. LEBANON

Israelis living along the border with Lebanon enjoyed their first rocket-free day in a week yesterday, as Shiite Muslim gunners silenced their artillery.

Pro-Iranian Hizbullah militiamen signed a Syrian-brokered agreement to stop firing rockets into Israel, ending a week-long bombardment that left one young girl dead and several hospitalized.

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The attacks, prompted by Israel's assassination of Hizbullah leader Sheikh Abbas Musawi, in turn provoked heavy Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon, and a 24-hour incursion by Israeli troops north of their self-declared "security zone" last Thursday.

The Israelis withdrew Friday, having lost two soldiers, while Hizbullah is said to have suffered heavy casualties.