2 French UN peacekeepers die in road accident in Lebanon

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An armored vehicle carrying United Nations peacekeepers veered off a road and into a ravine in southern Lebanon Saturday in an accident that killed two French peacekeepers, officials said.

The troops were driving in the area of Rashaya al-Fukhar and three other peacekeepers were wounded, said Col. Diego Fulco, a spokesman for the force, known as UNIFIL.

France’s Defense Ministry said those killed were both French and that the vehicle fell into a ravine during a reconnaissance mission.

The peacekeeping mission has about 12,100 military personnel from 30 countries. AP

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