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Lebanon "ready to send troops"

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The Lebanese government has decided to send 15,000 troops to the war-torn south of the country. The cabinet’s unanimous decision was announced by Information Minister Ghazi Aridi, who said:
“The Lebanese government confirmed it was ready to send troops to the south of the country but only after the withdrawal of the Israeli army.”

Arab League ministers, meeting in Beirut, have sent a delegation to the UN to push through Lebanon’s amendments to a Security Council resolution aimed at ending the crisis. Lebanese officials want the agreement to include calls for an immediate withdrawal of Israel’s troops from their territory.

The Lebanese statement said the army was willing to seek the help of a boosted UN peacekeeping force in the country but did not explicitly state whether Hizbollah would pull out of the border areas.