Five French soldiers assigned to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and a Lebanese civilian were wounded, Friday morning by a powerful roadside bomb in the southern coastal city of Tyre. A security official told Agence France Presse that the bomb was hidden under dirt on the side of the road and was detonated as the soldiers drove by in a jeep. The blast left a one-metre (three-foot) deep crater.
Two of the wounded soldiers were taken to hospital, one of them in serious condition, while the three others were treated at the scene. The extent of the civilian's wounds was not clear.