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The mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon is extended

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Security Council renews mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon. UNIFIL peacekeepers in southern Lebanon
Security Council renews mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon. UNIFIL peacekeepers in southern Lebanon

AP, Sept. 1, 2017 -- Israel welcomes the extension of a U.N. peacekeeping operation under tougher directives in southern Lebanon adding it must act to maintain stability there.
The Foreign Ministry said Friday UNIFIL must act in a "significant and decisive way" to stop Iranian-backed militants Hezbollah from strengthening near its frontier.
The Security Council renewed the mission known as UNIFIL this week, with new orders for more patrols and detailed reports when peacekeepers run into roadblocks in Hezbollah strongholds.
The U.S. and Israel pushed for the changes, saying UNIFIL wasn't doing enough to stop a Hezbollah buildup.
Iran is suspected of sending weapons to Hezbollah via Syria, where the militant group is fighting alongside President Bashar Assad.
Hezbollah fired thousands of rockets at Israel during a month-long war in 2006.

 

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