5 injured in explsion targeting UNIFIL in south Lebanon, update 2

Explosion targeting UNIFIL vehicle heard at Saida’s entrance near the Awali River in South Lebanon Future TV reported.

Al-Jazeera reported later that Five UNIFIL members were injured in the explosion .

Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported that two of Italy’s UNIFIL soldiers were killed in Saida explosion

Photo: Italian peacekeeping troops from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) patrol in southern Lebanon . Two Italian peacekeeper were killed and three were in an explosion targeting a UN patrol in south Lebanon May 27, 2011 AFP Photo

Update: None was killed in the attack. Six were reportedly injured , one seriously according to a new report by UNIFIL

“Five are moderately wounded, and one is seriously wounded. They are in a hospital in Sidon,” UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti told Reuters.

UNIFIL said the bomb had been aimed at a logistics convoy

The attack prompted Rome to declare it would reduce its contingent, which is the largest in UNIFIL with nearly 1,700 soldiers. UNIFIL’s previous commander was also Italian.

The force of the explosion tore through part of a highway concrete barrier, smashed the white jeep’s windows and left it riddled with shrapnel, a Reuters picture showed. The driver’s face, hands and stomach were drenched in blood.

Other pictures showed two peacekeepers with bloodied faces and dazed expressions after they left the destroyed vehicle in Rmaileh village, about 35 km south of Beirut, and near Ain el-Hilweh, a Palestinian refugee camp where Islamist militant groups are known to reside.

UN SECRETARY GENERAL CONDEMNS ATTACK

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack, which happened on the U.N.’s International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, when peacekeepers killed in missions across the world are commemorated by their colleagues.

“The United Nations will work closely together with the Lebanese authorities to have a full and swift investigation on the attack to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Ban said.

The last bomb attack against UNIFIL was in January 2008 when two Irish peacekeepers were slightly wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb near the area of Friday’s attack. A car bomb killed six U.N. peacekeepers in June 2007.

UNIFIL has about 12,000 troops and naval personnel in the country after its expansion under U.N. Security Council resolution 1701 that halted the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war in southern Lebanon.

UNIFIL operates along 15,000 Lebanese army troops who are deployed in the south to keep peace near the frontier with Israel and make sure it is free of weapons transfers in an area that is a stronghold of Hezbollah guerrillas.

The border area has stayed largely quiet with the exception of occasional flare-ups.

  • Amine123

    Only HA do these things, they simply represent not their country nor they do care about it… their allegance to Iran and the killers the syrian regime

    • Man,

      HA must be giving u guys nightmares,if this happens its HA,if sanioras wife gets hit by

      a motorcycle its HA,is it possible to blame one party for everything,,,wow….what a shame,

      and what a sense of fear…..hope this parnoia u and others on this site have will pass over…

      • libnan1

        Also they blamed HA for the bad weather last week ..:)

        • george_shalhoub

          Hezbollah would have known about it at least since they pretty much control the South. Maybe its not them but they may have planned the attack to relay a message to the international community to get them off Syria’s back and also Iran too.
          So nice of Hezbollah to condemn their own barbaric act.. I hope the UN will withdraw from there and let them suffer the wrath of israel bombing the next time around..

      • libnan1

        Also they blamed HA for the bad weather last week ..:)

        • george_shalhoub

          Hezbollah would have known about it at least since they pretty much control the South. Maybe its not them but they may have planned the attack to relay a message to the international community to get them off Syria’s back and also Iran too.
          So nice of Hezbollah to condemn their own barbaric act.. I hope the UN will withdraw from there and let them suffer the wrath of israel bombing the next time around..

      • ghzayel

        they are armed to their teeth, they have all kinds of weapons, explosive devices, and are good at them, they operate outside the control of the lebanese government, they are allied to the syrian regime who is isolated and cornered by western countries sanctions and interference in his daily massacres, so as a logical conclusion, yes all the illegal armed groups or militias in lebanon, including hezballah are prime suspects and that is why we are demanding night and day from the lebanese authorities to get all the help needed to stop this charade, disarm them once and for all and spread their control all over the country.   

        • Mazen_M

          Good answer!! Very logical…..

        • george_shalhoub

          great answer Gyzayel and well said my friend.

  • Anonymous

    Only HA do these things, they simply represent not their country nor they do care about it… their allegance to Iran and the killers the syrian regime

    • Man,

      HA must be giving u guys nightmares,if this happens its HA,if sanioras wife gets hit by

      a motorcycle its HA,is it possible to blame one party for everything,,,wow….what a shame,

      and what a sense of fear…..hope this parnoia u and others on this site have will pass over…

      • Anonymous

        Also they blamed HA for the bad weather last week ..:)

        • Anonymous

          Hezbollah would have known about it at least since they pretty much control the South. Maybe its not them but they may have planned the attack to relay a message to the international community to get them off Syria’s back and also Iran too.
          So nice of Hezbollah to condemn their own barbaric act.. I hope the UN will withdraw from there and let them suffer the wrath of israel bombing the next time around..

        • Anonymous

          Hezbollah would have known about it at least since they pretty much control the South. Maybe its not them but they may have planned the attack to relay a message to the international community to get them off Syria’s back and also Iran too.
          So nice of Hezbollah to condemn their own barbaric act.. I hope the UN will withdraw from there and let them suffer the wrath of israel bombing the next time around..

        • Anonymous

          Hezbollah would have known about it at least since they pretty much control the South. Maybe its not them but they may have planned the attack to relay a message to the international community to get them off Syria’s back and also Iran too.
          So nice of Hezbollah to condemn their own barbaric act.. I hope the UN will withdraw from there and let them suffer the wrath of israel bombing the next time around..

        • Anonymous

          Hezbollah would have known about it at least since they pretty much control the South. Maybe its not them but they may have planned the attack to relay a message to the international community to get them off Syria’s back and also Iran too.
          So nice of Hezbollah to condemn their own barbaric act.. I hope the UN will withdraw from there and let them suffer the wrath of israel bombing the next time around..

      • Anonymous

        they are armed to their teeth, they have all kinds of weapons, explosive devices, and are good at them, they operate outside the control of the lebanese government, they are allied to the syrian regime who is isolated and cornered by western countries sanctions and interference in his daily massacres, so as a logical conclusion, yes all the illegal armed groups or militias in lebanon, including hezballah are prime suspects and that is why we are demanding night and day from the lebanese authorities to get all the help needed to stop this charade, disarm them once and for all and spread their control all over the country.   

        • Anonymous

          Good answer!! Very logical…..

        • Anonymous

          great answer Gyzayel and well said my friend.

  • 5thDrawer

    Brought to you by the people who NEVER want peace, and thrive on creating mayhem and anarchy in that ‘society’.
    Our sympathies to the UNIFIL soldiers and their families.

    • Fauzia45

      I agree!All those who do not want peace,all those who want to divert attention from what is happening ,all those who have their own interests are behind these attacks like usual!They do not care who gets killed or injured !!

    • Fauzia45

      I agree!All those who do not want peace,all those who want to divert attention from what is happening ,all those who have their own interests are behind these attacks like usual!They do not care who gets killed or injured !!

  • Anonymous

    Brought to you by the people who NEVER want peace, and thrive on creating mayhem and anarchy in that ‘society’.
    Our sympathies to the UNIFIL soldiers and their families.

    • Anonymous

      I agree!All those who do not want peace,all those who want to divert attention from what is happening ,all those who have their own interests are behind these attacks like usual!They do not care who gets killed or injured !!

  • antar2011

    it is almost a surety that HA is behind this bomb for many reasons:
    1- they have publicly announced their hate to the UNIFL.
    2- they have been unleashing their loyalist in women and children to attack them regularly.
    3- HA and syrian allies are th eonly ones who have the interest to see UNIFL go.
    4- HA and syrian allies are the only ones who would have a bomb that can be dedinated by a remote control.
    5- Nasrullah’s speech was a signal for such an attach and future ones too…and not only on the UNIFL.

    so no we are not paranoid, you guys are th eones who are  blinded by supporting Hizb al Shaytan. 

  • Anonymous

    it is almost a surety that HA is behind this bomb for many reasons:
    1- they have publicly announced their hate to the UNIFL.
    2- they have been unleashing their loyalist in women and children to attack them regularly.
    3- HA and syrian allies are th eonly ones who have the interest to see UNIFL go.
    4- HA and syrian allies are the only ones who would have a bomb that can be dedinated by a remote control.
    5- Nasrullah’s speech was a signal for such an attach and future ones too…and not only on the UNIFL.

    so no we are not paranoid, you guys are th eones who are  blinded by supporting Hizb al Shaytan. 

  • kareemthehippy

    Ya haram :/ 

  • Anonymous

    Ya haram :/ 

  • 316909

    As Shakira was shaking her big but very nice butt in downtown Beirut a bomb almost killed 5 people (Some may die of wounds) talk about a clash of cultures! As weird as this may sound, I have to confess that this may be a good thing for Lebanon. I dont want to see people die and no I dont hate UNFIL. If this creates a response to add more troops and heavy weapons into the south it will guarantee peace on the border and a deterrent to HA and Israel. The only reason this is being done to them is because they dont have the weapons to fight back and legally they should be able to. They dont have the man power and equipment to go after the armed groups and disarm them like 1701 calls for. The Lebanese army cant do it for many reasons so they should. Either way its sad that people are doing this in Lebanon when we were basically begging them to return. The impact UNFIL has had on local economies alone is benefiting local small business in the villages they are stationed in. They also hire lots of locals for services like laundry, supplies, kitchen work and things of that nature. When they left in 2001 (I think) many people were rioting in the south.

  • 316909

    As Shakira was shaking her big but very nice butt in downtown Beirut a bomb almost killed 5 people (Some may die of wounds) talk about a clash of cultures! As weird as this may sound, I have to confess that this may be a good thing for Lebanon. I dont want to see people die and no I dont hate UNFIL. If this creates a response to add more troops and heavy weapons into the south it will guarantee peace on the border and a deterrent to HA and Israel. The only reason this is being done to them is because they dont have the weapons to fight back and legally they should be able to. They dont have the man power and equipment to go after the armed groups and disarm them like 1701 calls for. The Lebanese army cant do it for many reasons so they should. Either way its sad that people are doing this in Lebanon when we were basically begging them to return. The impact UNFIL has had on local economies alone is benefiting local small business in the villages they are stationed in. They also hire lots of locals for services like laundry, supplies, kitchen work and things of that nature. When they left in 2001 (I think) many people were rioting in the south.

  • Anonymous

    As Shakira was shaking her big but very nice butt in downtown Beirut a bomb almost killed 5 people (Some may die of wounds) talk about a clash of cultures! As weird as this may sound, I have to confess that this may be a good thing for Lebanon. I dont want to see people die and no I dont hate UNFIL. If this creates a response to add more troops and heavy weapons into the south it will guarantee peace on the border and a deterrent to HA and Israel. The only reason this is being done to them is because they dont have the weapons to fight back and legally they should be able to. They dont have the man power and equipment to go after the armed groups and disarm them like 1701 calls for. The Lebanese army cant do it for many reasons so they should. Either way its sad that people are doing this in Lebanon when we were basically begging them to return. The impact UNFIL has had on local economies alone is benefiting local small business in the villages they are stationed in. They also hire lots of locals for services like laundry, supplies, kitchen work and things of that nature. When they left in 2001 (I think) many people where rioting in the south.

  • Beiruti

    Who’s the “Party of God” again thats trying to start another civil war? To distract attention from their weakening father.

  • Beiruti

    Who’s the “Party of God” again thats trying to start another civil war? To distract attention from their weakening father.

  • Anonymous

    Who’s the “Party of God” again thats trying to start another civil war? To distract attention from their weakening father.