UN Condemns Attack against Its Lebanon Peacekeepers

UN Condemns Attack against Its Lebanon Peacekeepers

The United Nations slammed as "unacceptable" an overnight attack against peacekeepers in southern Lebanon; spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday.

The peacekeepers — members of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) — were attacked late Tuesday night by "unknown perpetrators;" he said.

"Their UN vehicles were vandalized and official items were stolen;" Dujarric said; without specifying the nature of the damage or the state of the victims.

He noted that the peacekeepers were not on private property or taking photos; "contrary to some subsequent media disinformation;" AFP reported.

Instead; they were en route to meet Lebanese Armed Forces members for a "routine patrol;" he said.

"The denial of UNIFIL's freedom of movement and any aggression against those serving the cause of peace is unacceptable;" said Dujarric; before calling on the Lebanese government to "investigate quickly and thoroughly; and prosecute all those responsible for these crimes."

UNIFIL — comprised of about 13;000 UN peacekeepers — has operated in southern Lebanon since 1978; and is responsible for monitoring the ceasefire along the border with Israel.

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