Italian peacekeepers head to Lebanon Tuesday

August 29, 2006 03:23


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Italy is a major contributor to the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, and will take over command of it in February. The first troops leave Tuesday. NUMBERS: Italian troops will be deployed in two phases. In the first phase, from September to October, Italy plans to have an initial entry force of 1,000 troops on the ground in southern Lebanon, and the rest on the Giuseppe Garibaldi aircraft carrier and four other ships. The last two months of the year will see 2,450 troops on the ground and a remaining 200 or so on the ships. SHIPS: Five, led by the Giuseppe Garibaldi aircraft carrier. Also included are transport ships San Giorgio, San Marco and San Giusto, and a smaller frigate currently off the shores of Cyprus. COST: Italy authorized a €30 million (US$38.4 million) aid package for Lebanon, and €186.8 million (US$239.1 million) in spending for the peacekeeping mission until Dec. 31.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

December 14, 2018
U.N. adopts breakthrough convention to address world migration crisis