Photo Credit: UNIFIL
A battalion of Irish troops deployed in southern Lebanon, as part of the UN mandate force UNIFIL. (archive)

Soldiers from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were attacked Tuesday night by unknown assailants, UN press official Kandice Ardiel told reporters.

UNIFIL was created by the UN to supervise the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon, but was later expanded to supervise a UN-brokered truce between Israel and the Hezbollah Iranian terror proxy after the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

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Official items were stolen from the UN vehicles, which were also vandalized, the spokesperson said, calling on Lebanese authorities to “investigate quickly and thoroughly, and prosecute all those responsible for these crimes.”

The UN peacekeepers were not accompanied by Lebanese troops when they entered the southern town of Bint Jbeil, a stronghold of the Hezbollah Iranian terror proxy group.

Local media reported the town’s residents clashed with the Irish peacekeepers in the UNIFIL force, claiming they were taking photographs of residential homes in the community.

However, Ardiel denied that UNIFIL forces were taking photos, adding they were also not on private property at the time. She said forces were on their way to rendezvous with Lebanese Army troops for a routine patrol.

“UNIFIL condemns attacks on men and women serving the cause of peace, which are violations of both Lebanese and international law,” Ardiel said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.