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Spanish peacekeeping contingent lands in Lebanon

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Hundreds of Spanish troops have arrived in Tyre in Lebanon to add to the UN force patrolling the south of the country. Their arrival brings the number of UN troops in Lebanon close to the target of 5,000, which the UN says should prompt Israel to pull out in full. The 480 Spanish marines join an advance detachment that arrived days ago. Spain is sending 1,100 troops overall making it the third largest contributor after France and Italy. Lieutenant Angel Muino of the Spanish Marine Corps said: “There is always the risk with this kind of mission that the conflict will start again”. The President of the European Parliament, Josep Borrell, meeting Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora in Beirut, said he hoped the presence of European troops would be the first step to a greater EU commitment to peace in Middle East.