A French military plane arrived at Beirut airport Monday carrying 202 soldiers who will join the UN peacekeeping force monitoring the cease-fire between Israel and Hizbullah, airport officials said.
Arriving from Paris, the soldiers headed to a makeshift base in Beirut where another 200 French troops who arrived by ship Saturday are staying, pending the arrival of additional troops later in the week.
France, which currently leads the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon known as UNIFIL, is expected to boost its contribution to the UN force to 2,000 troops. The entire UNIFIL force is expected to increase to 15,000 soldiers.
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