One French UNIFIL peacekeeper killed, 2 injured in an accident


A spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon says a peacekeeper was killed and two others were injured in a road accident.

“One UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) peacekeeper died and two other soldiers were injured in a road traffic accident involving an armoured personnel carrier on a routine patrol this morning,” UNIFIL spokesman Naresh Bhatt said.

Bhatt said the injured were immediately evacuated for medical treatment and their condition is stable.

He said that the accident occurred near Qalaway, a village east of the southern port city of Tyre, and that no other vehicle was involved.

He refused to give the nationalities of the dead or injured, and said that the circumstances of the accident were under investigation.

But a Lebanese security official said that the men were from UNIFIL’s French contingent, and that their vehicle had overturned.

The U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon was reinforced after the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war.




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