UNIFIL in Lebanon 311.
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Two peacekeepers from the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were lightly
wounded in south Lebanon on Monday night when residents threw stones at their
The troops had departed from Beirut and were passing through the
town of Srifa when the incident occurred, said Lt.-Col. Gokul Bhandaree, the
military spokesman for UNIFIL.
“Two peacekeepers received light injuries
from stones thrown at them and several vehicles got damaged,” UNIFIL said in a
“[The] Lebanese Army intervened to calm the situation and the
convoy continued on its way” shortly afterward.
“UNIFIL and LAF [the
Lebanese Armed Forces] are conducting investigations in order to ascertain all
the facts and circumstances relating to the incident. The situation in the area
remains quiet,” the statement said.
A security source told Beirut’s Daily
newspaper that the peacekeepers belonged to the Belgian contingent serving
“Two peacekeepers received light injuries,” Bhandaree said.
While not revealing their identities, he said several UNIFIL vehicles were also
damaged in a “short standoff.”
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An additional 200 Irish troops had been
deployed on Sunday to join the mission in south Lebanon, the paper reported,
quoting Irish media reports.
The group is the third group of Irish
peacekeepers to have joined UNIFIL this year.
There are currently 440
Irish soldiers serving as peacekeepers in Lebanon. Located in the south Lebanon
village of Tibnin, the Irish battalion is expected to conduct civilian
protection missions and ensure the arrival of humanitarian
UNIFIL – created in 1978 to monitor the security of south
Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War – currently comprises some 13,000 soldiers
from more than 30 countries.
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