6 Italian Peacekeepers Hurt in Blast Targeting UNIFIL near Sidon

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Six Italian peacekeepers were wounded -- two of them seriously -- along with two civilians on Friday in a roadside bomb explosion targeting a U.N. patrol along a highway near the Lebanese southern city of Sidon, officials said.

"There was an explosion late afternoon that targeted a U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) logistics convoy along the main highway near Sidon," UNIFIL spokesman Neeraj Singh told Agence France Presse.

He said two civilians and six UNIFIL peacekeepers were injured.

"UNIFIL's forensics and investigation teams are at the location and are working in close cooperation with their counterparts in the Lebanese army to determine all the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident," Singh said.

Italian Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa confirmed to reporters in Milan that six of his country's troops in Lebanon were injured, including two who were in critical condition.

"Of the two who were gravely wounded, one risks losing his eye while the other suffered a laceration of his carotid artery and has already been operated" on, La Russa told reporters in Milan.

The incident came two days before the United Nations marks Peacekeepers Day.

An earlier report from Italian news agency ANSA citing defense ministry sources had said that one soldier was killed in the blast.

"We are close to the families of the injured and to our lads involved in a peacekeeping mission," Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said in a statement.

Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Italy was "intent" on reducing its presence in Lebanon which currently numbers nearly 1,800 Italian soldiers.

"It's obvious that this is a decision that will be communicated in a U.N. context because this is not an Italian mission, it's a U.N. mission," he said.

The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), a multinational force which currently has 12,000 troops stationed in south Lebanon, was initially set up to monitor Lebanon's border with Israel.

It was expanded after a devastating 2006 war between the Jewish state and Hizbullah.

Earlier in the day, UNIFIL held a ceremony at its headquarters in the southern village of Naqoura close to the Israeli border to honor 292 peacekeepers killed since the force was established in 1978.

The force has been the target of three other unclaimed attacks, the latest in January 2008 when two Irish officers were wounded by a roadside bomb.

In the deadliest incident, three Spanish and three Colombian peacekeepers were killed in June of 2007 when a booby-trapped car exploded as their patrol vehicle drove by.

Comments 10
Thumb shab 27 May 2011, 19:04

Thanks to the Shiite militia

Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 27 May 2011, 19:18


Default-user-icon zulu (Guest) 27 May 2011, 19:21

a message from terrorist syria and hizb iran...they are playing with fire

Default-user-icon Toufic (Guest) 27 May 2011, 19:48

Every time the Syrian regime becomes unhappy with the international community someone dies in Lebanon, it's like Swiss clockworks.

Default-user-icon Gabby (Guest) 27 May 2011, 20:11

Three guesses who did it? H, S, or P...just like always.

Default-user-icon Marc (Guest) 27 May 2011, 20:14

There is a major conflict brewing around us. Look at the western politicians mentioning Hizballah in the past week, Netanyahu is gearing up for it as well, the writing is on the wall. Hizballah has no interest in stirring the pot right now and if they are behind it, they are playing with major fire..

Default-user-icon abulkook (Guest) 27 May 2011, 22:17

Dudes you are so ignorant! This doesn't fall in any Lebanese party related interest! The only person happy here would be Netanyahu!

Default-user-icon Mira (Guest) 27 May 2011, 23:46

This is the game of Gaegae and who are behind him, he would like to change the rules of UN in Lebanon......

Default-user-icon Lebanese Sunni Mujahideen (Guest) 28 May 2011, 02:38

Unifil is there to protect the Zionist conquerors from the Mujahideen. The Iranian HA zionist puppets are doing the same. The middle east is a sunni region and no one is going to stop us from launching Jihad against the Zionists and those who protects them.

Default-user-icon Nabil (Guest) 28 May 2011, 02:42

Look at the comments of these zionists! HA never targeted UN troops in the South. It was always the terror state Israel and the SLA.