3 Israeli soldiers injured in landmine explosion on Lebanese border

Mohamed Hatem , Tuesday 21 Mar 2023

A landmine explosion used for demolition works injured 3 Israeli soldiers on Tuesday as they were driving a vehicle near the borders of the town of Aita al-Shaab in southern Lebanon.

Lebanon - Israel border
File photo: South Lebanon as seen from an Israeli military base on Aug. 16, 2021. AFP


The injured soldiers were transported to the Raheb site with a Merkava tank, the Lebanese Al-Manar channel stated on its website, adding that "the enemy's vehicles and bulldozers withdrew, and the engineering works were halted at the borders."

The mine that caused the explosion was "behind the blue line at the borders of Aita al-Shaab," the channel added, indicating that the mine was previously planted by the Israelis.

Speaking to an audience gathered at United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Headquarters in Naqoura, marking the 45th anniversary of its establishment, Head of the Mission and Force Commander Major General Lázaro said in a statement "peacekeepers have been on the ground to defuse potential incidents and maintain calm."

UNIFIL acts as a buffer between Lebanon and Israel, neighbours that remain technically at war and have no diplomatic relations.

"Thanks to their efforts, and with the strong commitment of the parties, the situation has not escalated. I continue to urge all parties to refrain from any action that could lead to misunderstanding, reaction, and cause a break in the cessation of hostilities,” he added.

Today, UNIFIL has about 10,000 military personnel from 47 countries and over 800 national and international civilian staff.


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