Roadside Bomb Targets UNIFIL
Three French peacekeepers were injured as a roadside bomb in Hizbullah's southern Lebanon stronghold explodes.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 7/26/2011, 7:18 PM
A roadside bomb blew up a UN vehicle near the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon on Tuesday, wounding at least three French peacekeepers, Reuters reports.
"It was a roadside bomb that hit a U.N. troop carrier on a bridge in Sidon. We are still checking what their nationality is," a Lebanese security official said.
The blast took place as the vehicle was traveling along the coastal road, near the southern entrance of the city," said the official, who did not wish to be identified.
An AFP correspondent at the scene said the soldiers sustained wounds to their faces and hands and that one of them was transported to hospital.
The front of the vehicle was badly damaged and several parts were blown 20 to 30 meters by the force of the blast.
A similar attack near Sidon in May wounded six Italian peacekeepers, prompting Italy to look into reducing its peacekeeping contingent in Lebanon.
UNIFIL has about 12,000 troops and naval personnel in the country after its expansion under UN Security Council resolution 1701 that halted the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war in southern Lebanon.
UNIFIL operates alongside 15,000 Lebanese army troops who are deployed in the south to keep peace near the frontier with Israel and prevent weapon transfers in an area that is a stronghold of the Hizbullah terror group.