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    Blast Wounds French Peacekeepers in Lebanon


    by NTDTelevision

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    A U.N. troop carrier was attacked in southern Lebanon, leaving five French peacekeepers wounded. Authorities are investigating the incident.

    A roadside bomb blew up a United Nations vehicle near the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon on Tuesday, wounding five French peacekeepers.

    A spokesman of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) confirmed an explosion occurred but said the circumstances have yet to be determined.

    Paramedics attended to those that were wounded from the blast.

    Shortly after the attack, the Lebanese army began rounding up people at the scene for questioning.

    A similar attack near Sidon in May wounded six Italian peacekeepers, prompting Italy to look into reducing its peacekeeping contingent in Lebanon.

    In June 2007, a car bomb killed six members of UNIFIL's Spanish battalion in south Lebanon. Nobody has been charged with that attack.

    UNIFIL, which is made up of 35 nations, has about 12,000 troops and naval personnel in the country.

    UNIFIL operates alongside 15,000 Lebanese army troops who are deployed in the south to keep peace near the frontier with Israel.

    The Interim Force also helps prevent weapon transfers in an area that is a stronghold of Hezbollah militant group.