Five wounded in Lebanon blast against UN peacekeepers

AFP , Friday 27 May 2011

Italian patrol targeted in southern Lebanon

Five people were wounded in an explosion targeting a UN peacekeeping patrol on a road in southern Lebanon on Friday, a security source told AFP.

He said the blast went off as an Italian patrol in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was passing an entrance to the coastal city of Sidon.

UNIFIL was set up in 1978 to monitor Lebanon's border with Israel and expanded after a 2006 war between the Jewish state and the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

The multinational force currently has 13,000 troops stationed in south Lebanon, with Italy holding the largest contingent.

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