Men Intercept UNIFIL Battalions in South's Yater

Several men intercepted two United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) battalions on Sunday in the southern border town of Yater.

“The Malaysian and Ghanian battalions were intercepted after several peacekeepers were spotted filming in the village,” radio Voice of Lebanon (93.3) reported.

VDL later added that the army intelligence has interfered and took control of the situation.

In January, the state-run National News Agency reported that a spat erupted between a patrol for the UNIFIL and residents in the southern town of Aita al-Shaab.

The residents “confiscated a camera from the peacekeepers for suspecting that the troops were taking pictures of their town,” the agency added.

A dispute also occurred in June 2012 between peacekeeping troops and the residents of the southern border town of Maroun al-Ras, UNIFIL spokesperson Andrea Tenenti said .

According to the NNA, the UNIFIL peacekeepers were taking snapshots of the area when several civilians came across and took the camera from them.

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