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UN peacekeepers wounded in Lebanon

05-28-2011 12:30 BJT

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A UN vehicle has been hit by a roadside bomb along the highway to the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, wounding six peacekeepers. It's the first such attack in three years.

An Italian military chief, says all the wounded are from Italy. The UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, says the bomb was aimed at the logistics convoy. The attack has prompted Italy to declare it will reduce its contingent, which is the largest in UNIFIL, with nearly 17-hundred soldiers.

UNIFIL's previous commander was also Italian. The last bomb attack against UNIFIL was in January 2008, when two Irish peacekeepers were wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb. U

NIFIL has around 12-thousand troops and naval personnel in the country, after its expansion under UN Security Council resolution 17-01, that halted the war between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah in 2006.

A wounded Italian U.N peacekeeper is seen in his vehicle at Remaily village near the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon May 27, 2011. Six Italian peacekeepers from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were wounded Friday when a bomb targeting their vehicle exploded on the highway leading to the south Lebanon coastal city of Sidon, according to the latest statements of UNIFIL spokesperson and Lebanese security forces. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Lebanese and U.N soldiers inspect a damaged UN vehicle at Remaily village near the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon May 27, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Lebanese soldiers secured the area around a UN damaged vehicle at Remaily village near the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon May 27, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

A Lebanese Red Cross renders help to a wounded Italian U.N peacekeeper in his vehicle at Remaily village near the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon May 27, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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