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Salam Meets King Felipe, Hails Spain's UNIFIL Efforts

Prime Minister Tammam Salam on Tuesday held talks with visiting Spanish King Felipe VI, hailing the efforts of Spain's contingent within the UNIFIL force operating in southern Lebanon.

In their meeting at the Grand Serail, Salam underlined his keenness on strengthening all aspects of the relation with Spain, extending gratitude over Spain's participation in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), state-run National News Agency reported.

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Spanish Report: Israel Targeted U.N. Troops after Shebaa Attack

A confidential Spanish military report on the death of a Spanish U.N. peacekeeper in Israeli shelling in Lebanon said he was manning a post that appeared to have been targeted, a newspaper reported Sunday.

El Pais cited extracts from the report which drew on testimony from soldiers following the January 28 incident when the Israeli military shelled border areas following a Hizbullah attack that left two Israeli soldiers dead.

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Area Facing Kfarkila Witnesses Unusual Israeli Activity

The border area facing the southern town of Kfarkila witnessed “unusual” Israeli military activity on Thursday, which was monitored by the Lebanese army and U.N. peacekeepers.

“The area opposite Kfarkila witnessed unusual Israeli military activity this afternoon,” Lebanon's National News Agency reported.

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Lebanese Army Arrests Arab-Israeli Infiltrator

The Lebanese army has arrested an Arab-Israeli civilian who cut through barbed wire to cross the border into Lebanon, a security official said on Thursday.

"Ibrahim Zaydat entered Lebanon on Wednesday afternoon after cutting through a small section of barbed wire at the southeastern border, and was arrested by the army," the official told Agence France Presse.

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Body of Italian Peacekeeping Troop Found in Force Base in the South

The body of an Italian peacekeeping troop was found inside the Italian force's base in the southern town of al-Shamaa, UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti announced on Tuesday.

"The body of an Italian soldier was discovered early at dawn on Tuesday in the base where he served in al-Shamaa village,” Tenenti said, without providing the deceased troop's names.

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UNIFIL Says Lebanon Situation 'Very Critical,' Assures Calm Is 'Guaranteed'

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon warned on Monday of the “very critical and delicate” situation in the South, but said concerned parties assured that the region would remain “calm.”

The situation in Lebanon, just like in the region, is “very delicate and critical,” UNIFIL spokesperson Andrea Tenenti expressed on Monday, adding that he was concerned about the firing of rockets towards Israel.

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Lebanese Accused of Killing Irish U.N. Troops in 1980 Held in U.S.

U.S. federal agents have arrested a Lebanese man who the Irish government says is a suspect in the abduction, torture and killing of two Irish soldiers serving as United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon 34 years ago.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested Mahmoud Bazzi on Tuesday at his home in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. The agency arrested Bazzi for "administrative immigration violations" not directly in connection with the killings in Lebanon, spokeswoman Gillian Christensen told The Associated Press last week.

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New Rocket Fired at Israel as UNIFIL Slams 'Serious Violation of 1701'

In the fourth such attack in four days, at least one rocket was fired Monday night from southern Lebanon towards northern Israel.

“Unknown individuals fired a rocket from the Ras al-Ain area, south of the city of Tyre, towards the occupied Palestinian territories (Israel),” Lebanon's National News Agency reported.

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Computers with Hebrew Writings Found in Adaisseh

Two computers with Hebrew writings were found on Saturday in a southern disputed area on the border, an army communique said.

“The Indonesian patrol in the UNIFIL found a suspicious object in a disputed area near (the southern border town of) Adaisseh,” the statement detailed.

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Israel Sends Sniffer Dog into Area Disputed by Lebanon

Israeli forces on Monday sent a sniffer dog into a border area disputed by Lebanon, one day after rockets fired from the South drew retaliatory Israeli shelling.

“An Israeli force backed by a troop carrier and a military jeep on Monday opened a metallic gate in the al-Thugra area, which lies on the border opposite the entrance of the town of Adaisseh, sending a sniffer dog into a disputed area,” Lebanon's National News Agency reported.

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