Explosion in South Lebanon injures French UNIFIL soldiers

Six French soldiers serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were wounded in a blast targeting two vehicles belonging to the French Battalion in the southern coastal city of Sidon. According to a witness, the bomb was planted on the side of the road and detonated by remote control.

“The blast took place as the car was traveling along the coastal road, near the southern entrance of the city,” said a security official. Initial reports said two vehicles belonging to the French Battalion were damaged in the blast.

The soldiers sustained wounds to the face and hands and that one of them was transported to hospital. Hospital sources in Sidon said at least one of the wounded was in critical condition.

The security official said the bomb went off Tuesday at the entrance of the southern port city of Sidon as a U.N. patrol carrying French peacekeepers was driving past. Initial reports indicated that three French peacekeepers were wounded, two of them lightly, he said. The blast occurred near the port city of Sidon, 40 kilometers south of Beirut. The explosion occurred near the Siniq Bridge at Sidon’s southern entrance.

On May 27, a similar blast took place also on Sidon highway, which links Beirut with southern Lebanon, wounding six Italian peacekeepers.

The United Nations peacekeeping force was first deployed to southern Lebanon in 1978 after an Israeli invasion. The force now comprises 13,000 members under the command of a Spanish general. France has some 2,000 members serving in the force.

AP, DPA

  • shankarees

    Yalla, remove the UNIFIL and let Israel nuke the hell out the whole South and Hizballah’s bases.

    • 5thDrawer

      All the sane people can head for the beaches, get naked, watch the show and wait it out.
      Ice Cream anyone?
      ūüôā

  • Anonymous

    Yalla, remove the UNIFIL and let Israel nuke the hell out the whole South and Hizballah’s bases.

    • Anonymous

      All the sane people can head for the beaches, get naked, watch the show and wait it out.
      Ice Cream anyone?
      ūüôā

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  • Patience2

    My sympathies to all hard working soldiers, but what would have happened if ALL the ‘street-turd’ munitions had gone off at once??¬† Would there still BE a South Lebanon?

    • 5thDrawer

      Hopefully, unlike in Cyprus, they cut the grass around the ammunition piles.

  • Anonymous

    My sympathies to all hard working soldiers, but what would have happened if ALL the ‘street-turd’ munitions had gone off at once??¬† Would there still BE a South Lebanon?

    • Anonymous

      Hopefully, unlike in Cyprus, they cut the grass around the ammunition piles.

  • 316909

    This will be used for UNIFIL to leave Lebanon and unleash Israel. When they return they will have better weapons and a better mandate with better rules of engagement.

  • Anonymous

    This will be used for UNIFIL to leave Lebanon and unleash Israel. When they return they will have better weapons and a better mandate with better rules of engagement.

  • SHAMEFULL DISRESPECT FOR THEIR ¬†LIFE, SHAMEFULL TO HAVE A PEACE KEEPING FORCE WITH NO AUTHORITY TO DO ANYTHING EXCEPT MAKING SANDWICHES FOR EVERY BODY. IN MY OPINION THEY ARE DISPATCHED WITH THE PRE CONDITION THAT THEY¬†REMAIN AS¬†WEAK AS A FART IN A HURRICANE.

    • 5thDrawer

      Yes … true … ‘Peacekeeping’ forces have never been allowed to act as ‘Peacemaking’ forces …. they come as witnesses, negotiate with the contestants, and try to help all citizens.
      Which has also been a terrible thing for them in places like Darfur .. when the decision-makers sit thousands of miles away and attempt unworkable political solutions while not listening to the soldier on the ground.
      But we can see which Nations refuse to allow ‘Peacemaking’ when it is necessary … Unfortunately the soldiers are the ones who suffer.¬†

  • SHAMEFULL DISRESPECT FOR THEIR ¬†LIFE, SHAMEFULL TO HAVE A PEACE KEEPING FORCE WITH NO AUTHORITY TO DO ANYTHING EXCEPT MAKING SANDWICHES FOR EVERY BODY. IN MY OPINION THEY ARE DISPATCHED WITH THE PRE CONDITION THAT THEY¬†REMAIN AS¬†WEAK AS A FART IN A HURRICANE.

    • 5thDrawer

      Yes … true … ‘Peacekeeping’ forces have never been allowed to act as ‘Peacemaking’ forces …. they come as witnesses, negotiate with the contestants, and try to help all citizens.
      Which has also been a terrible thing for them in places like Darfur .. when the decision-makers sit thousands of miles away and attempt unworkable political solutions while not listening to the soldier on the ground.
      But we can see which Nations refuse to allow ‘Peacemaking’ when it is necessary … Unfortunately the soldiers are the ones who suffer.¬†

  • SHAMEFULL DISRESPECT FOR THEIR ¬†LIFE, SHAMEFULL TO HAVE A PEACE KEEPING FORCE WITH NO AUTHORITY TO DO ANYTHING EXCEPT MAKING SANDWICHES FOR EVERY BODY. IN MY OPINION THEY ARE DISPATCHED WITH THE PRE CONDITION THAT THEY¬†REMAIN AS¬†WEAK AS A FART IN A HURRICANE.

    • Anonymous

      Yes … true … ‘Peacekeeping’ forces have never been allowed to act as ‘Peacemaking’ forces …. they come as witnesses, negotiate with the contestants, and try to help all citizens.
      Which has also been a terrible thing for them in places like Darfur .. when the decision-makers sit thousands of miles away and attempt unworkable political solutions while not listening to the soldier on the ground.
      But we can see which Nations refuse to allow ‘Peacemaking’ when it is necessary … Unfortunately the soldiers are the ones who suffer.¬†

  • 5thDrawer

    They are finding that they cannot change anything in the Hague, or the International Court; and do not like any concept of ‘United Nations’ anywhere; so now make their ‘statements’ against people who ‘serve’ to keep peace for the average citizens.
    Like children who can’t get their way, or play in a fair way, they will make the playground a living hell.

    • antar2011

      they do not like the concept of “united”, any unity, period.

  • Anonymous

    They are finding that they cannot change anything in the Hague, or the International Court; and do not like any concept of ‘United Nations’ anywhere; so now make their ‘statements’ against people who ‘serve’ to keep peace for the average citizens.
    Like children who can’t get their way, or play in a fair way, they will make the playground a living hell.

    • Anonymous

      they do not like the concept of “united”, any unity, period.

  • IF YOUR OWN ARMY¬† WAS ALLOWED TO BE STRONG AND ¬†TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS¬† THERE WOULD BE NO NEED ¬† THE UN OR THE RESISTANCE. YOU ARE EITHER A CIVILIAN OR A MEMBER OF THE LAF.

  • IF YOUR OWN ARMY¬† WAS ALLOWED TO BE STRONG AND ¬†TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS¬† YOU WOULD NOT NEED NOT NEED¬† THE UN OR THE RESISTANCE. YOU ARE EITHER A CIVILIAN OR A MEMBER OF THE LAF.

  • Fauzia45

    Once in a while they play their game to divert attention from the real issues!!

  • Anonymous

    Once in a while they play their game to divert attention from the real issues!!

  • PROPHET.T

    The UN forces¬† can¬† not protect themselves. They’ve always been¬† useless, and toothless. If it was not for the money¬† they¬† spend, I’D ASK FOR THEIR¬† REMOVAL.¬†They do help the economy¬† in away, and when¬† they¬† have the¬† time, they¬† do some¬† spying. But Again, Lebanon has always been¬† like a whore, who is always willing and¬† sometimes¬† cheaply.

    • 5thDrawer

      They could protect themselves if they were allowed to. But they follow their orders – as professional soldiers should.
        Of course they help the economy and, besides spending money to buy foreign trinkets, their presence allows citizens to go about the daily businesses. They also remove those nasty little bombs that blow off hands and feet of children Рwho are allowed to go and play in mine-fields or herd their sheep there.
        If you think observing and reporting back to the UN is spying, then it is Рeveryone is doing it, no?
      If you do not agree with the ‘concept’ of trying to make it more safe for people and separating 2 sides long enough for heads to become cooler, then send them away with a smile and a safe secure new Lebanon to live in. I am sure most of them do not want to be sweating their asses off in a country that only likes to subjugate it’s people and blow up foreigners who attempt to make life better, and I’m sure the countries who no longer wish World War will be happy to not spend the money any more.
      If Hezzbolla wants to have it’s own little war, then I think a large fence around the end of the Med. is a better idea. The UN can watch from a satellite, and when everyone is dead, finally open the gate.

      • PROPHET.T

         5th,
        No wonder, more¬† UN¬† forces¬† were¬† killed by¬† Israel or its proxies( Lahad army) than by all Lebanese and Palestinians combined( including Al-queda). As a ¬†reminder; in 1979,¬† a number of UN forces¬† were¬† killed¬† by lahad¬† people, 1996( Qana¬† massacre took place at a UN¬† BASE, 2006 A number of UN soldiers were¬† targeted and killed by¬† Israeli ¬†plans, and many¬† more¬† killed¬† ‚Äúaccidentally‚ÄĚ by¬† Israel, and Palestinians, since they¬† came to Lebanon ¬†in¬† 1978.So your point is valid that the UN ¬†forces are not allowed to defend themselves. The¬† UN can never secure¬† such¬† international¬† authorization to¬† face the Israelis, therefore it¬† would not¬† make any¬† sense¬† to¬† authorize them¬† to¬† stand up to HA or anyone¬† else in Lebanon., when that¬† authority¬† can‚Äôt¬† be extended against¬† Israel for¬† reasons¬† we all know.
        As for the safety, the supposedly offer, I doubt that very much. They have never been able to stop a war, or prevent an attack on Lebanon. So I do think they are useless. Their presence never prevented wars, and their absence won’t necessarily mean war. Israel never respected their presence when it decided to invade or attack Lebanon.
         As for spying; yes they do observe and report, and sometimes spy. But again, who does not spy in Lebanon? Lebanon is like whore. lol

        • 5thDrawer

          Or Darfur, or Angola, or Somalia, or …. well … any of those places humans still like to chop each other up for whatever reason. Bad enough to see one psychotic in Norway … imagine being the soldier who volunteers for UN duty thinking he is going somewhere to help people … and then learns it is basically useless due to hordes of psycotics running around and not listening to him.
          Put up the fence ….

          And please do not degrade the whores … they live the best they can with what they have when no-one helps them at all.

        • PROPHET.T

          5thDrawer,   One the most  honorable thing about  whores  is that   they  are the most  honest girls; they negotiate  with  good faith, and  present the bill right away .So for this  reason  alone( and other reasons which require my  5th amendment) I  DO NOT DEGARDE  THEM.LOL

    • antar2011

      they can at least monitor and help in decreasing smuggling illegal arms in the area.

      • PROPHET.T

        What illegal¬† arms? Don’t¬† all lebanese beleive their¬† arms are legitimate?lol

        • antar2011

          the arms HA’s army hasin not comparable to other weapons that other lebanese poeple got living in their wardrobes!

          the UNIFL’s job is to monitor the former.

        • 5thDrawer

          Bird-hunters everywhere. ūüôā

  • PROPHET.T

    The UN forces¬† can¬† not protect themselves. They’ve always been¬† useless, and toothless. If it was not for the money¬† they¬† spend, I’D ASK FOR THEIR¬† REMOVAL.¬†They do help the economy¬† in away, and when¬† they¬† have the¬† time, they¬† do some¬† spying. But Again, Lebanon has always been¬† like a whore, who is always willing and¬† sometimes¬† cheaply.

    • Anonymous

      They could protect themselves if they were allowed to. But they follow their orders – as professional soldiers should.
        Of course they help the economy and, besides spending money to buy foreign trinkets, their presence allows citizens to go about the daily businesses. They also remove those nasty little bombs that blow off hands and feet of children Рwho are allowed to go and play in mine-fields or herd their sheep there.
        If you think observing and reporting back to the UN is spying, then it is Рeveryone is doing it, no?
      If you do not agree with the ‘concept’ of trying to make it more safe for people and separating 2 sides long enough for heads to become cooler, then send them away with a smile and a safe secure new Lebanon to live in. I am sure most of them do not want to be sweating their asses off in a country that only likes to subjugate it’s people and blow up foreigners who attempt to make life better, and I’m sure the countries who no longer wish World War will be happy to not spend the money any more.
      If Hezzbolla wants to have it’s own little war, then I think a large fence around the end of the Med. is a better idea. The UN can watch from a satellite, and when everyone is dead, finally open the gate.

      • PROPHET.T

         5th,
        No wonder, more¬† UN¬† forces¬† were¬† killed by¬† Israel or its proxies( Lahad army) than by all Lebanese and Palestinians combined( including Al-queda). As a ¬†reminder; in 1979,¬† a number of UN forces¬† were¬† killed¬† by lahad¬† people, 1996( Qana¬† massacre took place at a UN¬† BASE, 2006 A number of UN soldiers were¬† targeted and killed by¬† Israeli ¬†plans, and many¬† more¬† killed¬† ‚Äúaccidentally‚ÄĚ by¬† Israel, and Palestinians, since they¬† came to Lebanon ¬†in¬† 1978.So your point is valid that the UN ¬†forces are not allowed to defend themselves. The¬† UN can never secure¬† such¬† international¬† authorization to¬† face the Israelis, therefore it¬† would not¬† make any¬† sense¬† to¬† authorize them¬† to¬† stand up to HA or anyone¬† else in Lebanon., when that¬† authority¬† can‚Äôt¬† be extended against¬† Israel for¬† reasons¬† we all know.
        As for the safety, the supposedly offer, I doubt that very much. They have never been able to stop a war, or prevent an attack on Lebanon. So I do think they are useless. Their presence never prevented wars, and their absence won’t necessarily mean war. Israel never respected their presence when it decided to invade or attack Lebanon.
         As for spying; yes they do observe and report, and sometimes spy. But again, who does not spy in Lebanon? Lebanon is like whore. lol

        • Anonymous

          Or Darfur, or Angola, or Somalia, or …. well … any of those places humans still like to chop each other up for whatever reason. Bad enough to see one psychotic in Norway … imagine being the soldier who volunteers for UN duty thinking he is going somewhere to help people … and then learns it is basically useless due to hordes of psycotics running around and not listening to him.
          Put up the fence ….

        • PROPHET.T

          5thDrawer,   One the most  honorable thing about  whores  is that   they  are the most  honest girls; they negotiate  with  good faith, and  present the bill right away .So for this  reason  alone( and other reasons which require my  5th amendment) I  DO NOT DEGARDE  THEM.LOL

    • Anonymous

      they can at least monitor and help in decreasing smuggling illegal arms in the area.

      • PROPHET.T

        what illegal¬† arms? don’t¬† all lebanese beleive their¬† arm is legitimate?lol

        • Anonymous

          the arms HA’s army hasin not comparable to other weapons that other lebanese poeple got living in their wardrobes!

          the UNIFL’s job is to monitor the former.

        • Anonymous

          Bird-hunters everywhere. ūüôā

  • look at them lebanese army why on earth are they there for what a bunch of cocko my god they should be ashamed of themselves they are only there for the wage¬†

  • look at them lebanese army why on earth are they there for what a bunch of cocko my god they should be ashamed of themselves they are only there for the wage¬†

  • antar2011

    hizbollah is not goign to stay put until all UNIFEL can go home and so they can smuggle their weapons freely. eh?

    they have done all they can to make the UNIFL’s tel3an el sa3a they set foot in the south…

    they made sure to obstruct their ways while out and about, they tried the southern pple’s community’s revolt and throwing stones at them and now this…
    HA may you live to see a day where your members will be stoned, intimidated and murdered in the same way you are doing to others …..in the name of the fake resistance.

  • Anonymous

    hizbollah is not goign to stay put until all UNIFEL can go home and so they can smuggle their weapons freely. eh?

  • persepoliswarrior

    they call them a peace keeping force? ¬†then what was the 2006 war all about…..

    • 5thDrawer

      Read 1701 … and about what peacekeepers are allowed to do.

  • Anonymous

    they call them a peace keeping force? ¬†then what was the 2006 war all about…..

    • Anonymous

      Read 1701 … and about what peacekeepers are allowed to do.