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Conflict Incident Report

Operation Litani begins

Associated Timeline/Case: 
An Untenable Truce | January, 1977 to December, 1982
Date of incident: 
March 14, 1978

Following an operation by Palestinian fighters in Tel Aviv on March 11, 1978, Israel carried out a full- fledged military operation, mobilizing between 25,000 and 30,000 soldiers and invading Lebanon on the night of March 14. The invasion was officially termed Operation “Stone of Wisdom” and became better known as Operation Litani. Its stated objective was to remove the Palestinian bases along the Lebanese-Israeli border. The Israeli Army took control of the area south of the Litani River.