US strongly condemns attack on UNIFIL force in Lebanon

July 27, 2011 01:13

The United States on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The attack wounded several French peacekeepers on patrol outside the southern port city of Sidon.

"This is the second assault on UNIFIL peacekeepers in recent months. We call on the Government of Lebanon to conduct a full investigation into the incident and ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice," a satement released by the US State Department said.

"The United States continues to support UNIFIL’s mandate to monitor the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Lebanon; accompany and support the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) as they conduct operations throughout southern Lebanon; assist the LAF to establish an area free of unauthorized armed personnel, materiel and weapons; and facilitate humanitarian access to civilian populations and the safe return of displaced persons," the staement added.

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