Spain’s United Nations forces in Lebanon paid tribute to their fallen on Monday. The six men, three of them Colombians, killed on Sunday were the first UNFIL forces to be attacked since they moved in last summer. They police a demilitarised zone keeping the Israeli army and Hezbollah apart. However one Lebanese minister says the attack is proof the recent violence further north in Palestinian refugee camps is spreading.
Last week rockets were fired from southern Lebanon into the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona. Israel blamed Palestinian groups. The United Nations have condemned the attack as “terrorism”. It took place in a lay-by 10 kilometres from Israel’s Lebanese frontier in territory previously controlled by Hezbollah.
One Spanish press report complains the victims’ vehicle was not equipped with electronic warfare systems that would have detected the roadside bomb. The Spanish are one of UNFIL’s big backers, with over 1000 men.