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Lebanon: 3 UN troops lightly wounded when mortar from Hizbollah side hits their area

6 August 2006 Three members of the Chinese contingent serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were lightly wounded today when a mortar round from the Hizbollah side impacted inside their headquarters, according to the Force's preliminary reports.

The three received medical assistance inside the position, and their condition is stable, UNIFIL said in a press release.

Since the outbreak of hostilities, four UN military observers, one UNIFIL international staff member and his wife were killed. Eleven others have been wounded.

Heavy exchanges of fire continued unabated throughout the UNIFIL area of operation in the past 24 hours. Hizbollah fired rockets from various locations, while the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) continued intensive shelling and aerial bombardment across the south.

There were four incidents of firing from the Israeli side close to UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura, and positions in the general area of Bayt Yahun and Hula (2). There were three incidents of Hizbollah firing rockets from the vicinity of UNIFIL positions in the general area of Tibnin, At Tiri and Bayt Yahun. UNIFIL strongly protested all these incidents to the Israeli and Lebanese authorities respectively.

UNIFIL Hospital in Naqoura provided medical treatment to two wounded Lebanese civilians from the village. The Force also provided medical assistance to the internally displaced people in the village of Ibil as Saqi.

UNIFIL provided water to the hospital in Tibnin and to the village of Ibil As Saqi, and dispatched three humanitarian convoys and distributed food donated by the Maronite Archbishop of Tyre and the French Government to civilians in Dibil, Al Jibbain and Alma ash Shab yesterday.



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