Hezbollah Denounces Attacks On UNIFIL

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BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 27 (UPI) — Hezbollah in a Wednesday statement called on authorities to investigate an attack on French peacekeepers near the coastal city of Sidon.

Six members of the French contingent of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon were injured when their convoy hit what authorities say was a roadside bomb near a trash depot in Sidon.

Hezbollah, in a statement carried on its al-Manar news station, denounced the attack on the French peacekeepers as “unacceptable.” The Shiite movement called on Lebanese authorities to “investigate this crime, detect the perpetrators and punish them.”

UNIFIL is mandated with patrolling the southern Lebanese border with Israel and monitoring a 2006 cease-fire between Israeli and Hezbollah forces.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement issued through his spokesman’s office, said he was “deeply disturbed” by attacks on UNIFIL peacekeepers.

Tuesday’s attack on UNIFIL was the second in 2011. Six Italian peacekeepers were injured by a roadside bomb in May near the site of the French attack.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack on the French peacekeepers. The latest attack occurred outside UNIFIL’s area of operations.

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