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UN on the way home

UN forces have been in Lebanon for 28 years. Now they pack their things – in crossfire.


Nearly 2000 UN soldiers in southern Lebanon, scheduled to be sent home for good by the end of the month, ended this week in crossfire. July 17, 17 Unifil positions were fired by two Israeli rockets. One UN soldier was seriously injured.

On the same day, the UN Security Council discussed Unifil's future without making any decision to extend the force's mandate, which now expires after 28 years of effort. This means that the soldiers, who are meant to act as a military buffer between Hezbollah and Israel, will have to pack up their camps next week. UN envoys present a proposal to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan this week, to expand. . .

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