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Germany takes over Lebanese coast command


Italy has handed over to Germany command of an international naval force patrolling Lebanon’s coastline to prevent arms smuggling, two months after a war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas ended. Israel had imposed an eight-week sea blockade on Lebanon during the war and lifted it on September the 8th., handing control of the Lebanese coastline to the international navy force.

The new contingent, headed by Germany, in line with a Lebanese request to the United Nations, will operate ships from countries including Germany, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Norway, Sweden and Turkey.

The deployment is a controversial one in Germany, its first in the region since WWII, and with the attendant risk of finding its military coming up against Israel.

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