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UN chief condemns explosion targeting peacekeepers in Lebanon, urges ceasefire compliance

March 31, 2024 at 12:23 pm

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks to the press at the Foreign Ministry in Amman, on March 25, 2024 [MOHAMMAD HANNON/AFP via Getty Images]

The head of the UN condemned an explosion that targeted an Observer Group Lebanon (OGL) patrol and injured three UN military observers and a language assistant, Anadolu news agency reported.

Antonio Guterres’ condemnation of the explosion was highlighted in a statement from his spokesperson’s office that emphasised the need to ensure the safety and security of peacekeepers at all times.

“The situation along the Blue Line between Lebanon and Israel since 8 October last year, with daily exchanges of fire between non-state armed groups based in Lebanon and the Israel Defense Forces, continues to be of grave concern,” it said.

The statement expressed “grave concern” for the escalating violence along the Blue Line and urged parties to “refrain from further breaches of the cessation of hostilities.”

Earlier Saturday, at least one civilian and three soldiers from the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were injured in an Israeli raid that targeted their vehicle in the south of the country, according to media reports.

UNIFIL expressed concern “over the surge of violence across the Blue Line right now.”

The Israeli army denied that it targeted any UNIFIL vehicle in the Rmeish area in southern Lebanon.

Tension has flared along the border between Lebanon and Israel amid intermittent exchanges of fire between Israeli forces and Hezbollah, in the deadliest clashes since the two sides fought a full-scale war in 2006.

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