Spanish troops have begun arriving in Lebanon, bolstering a UN force tasked with overseeing a ceasefire between Israel and Hizbollah in the south of the country. An initial contigent of some 600 soldiers, mostly marines, began landing near the port of Tyre this morning. Their arrival over the next few days will bring the number of peacekeepers close to the target of 5,000 which the UN says should prompt Israel to complete its withdrawal from Lebanese territory.
Spain will ultimately send 1,100 soldiers making it the third largest contributor to the mission behind France and Italy. UNIFIL II, as the force is known, will patrol parts of the south in a joint operation with the Lebanese army.