Two peacekeepers hurt by cluster bomb in Lebanon

December 29, 2006 18:32


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Two Belgian soldiers serving with the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon were wounded Friday when they detonated a cluster bomb in southern Lebanon, a UN spokesman said. The soldiers, who were clearing a minefield, were rushed to hospital with "serious but not life-threatening" wounds, the spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make press statements. The troops were working in a field near the village of Majdel Silim when one of them stepped on a cluster bomb. The explosion came exactly a week after Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt visited his country's troops in the UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon and saw some of the cluster bombs and land mines remaining from the Israeli-Hizbullah war in July and August.

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