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Italian peacekeepers attacked in Lebanon

Italian peacekeepers attacked in Lebanon
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Six Italian peacekeeper were injured when a UN convoy was targeted by a bomb in southern Lebanon, officials said.

The explosion occurred on a busy highway leading to the city of Sidon. A spokesmen for the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon said the bomb had been aimed at a logistics convoy.

Italian soldiers have had a presence in Lebanon since the late 1970s. In 2008 Italian president Silvio Berlusconi vowed to maintain Italy’s military presence to help consolidate democracy.

There are currently 2,000 soldiers in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Italy took over the command of UNIFIL in February 2008, after the French.

The attack took place on a day when murdered UN peacekeepers are commemorated by their colleagues.

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