Military staff attacked ahead of UN peacekeeping day

peacekeepers day

peacekeepers day

[feature starts off with audio from Alain Le Roy, the head of UN peacekeeping operations]
In New York on Friday, Alain Le Roy, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations paid tribute to the men and women who have served as UN peacekeepers across the world.

It was supposed to be a solemn celebration and provide recognition of the dangerous role they fulfil… if further evidence was needed.   Shortly after the ceremony, news broke of an attack on UN peacekeepers in Lebanon.

A convoy of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon or UNIFIL was struck in the south of the country.

UNIFIL was formed after Israeli troops entered Southern Lebanon in 1978.

Reem Abaza asked Andrea Tenenti a spokesperson for UNIFIL, what happened.

duration:  2’15″

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