French UN peacekeeper killed in south Lebanon accident
A French peacekeeper with the United Nations force deployed in southern Lebanon died and a second was injured on Tuesday during a routine operation, French officials said.
The soldier was killed in a work-related accident while reinforcing wall protection at UNIFIL's Indian base in the southern Lebanese town of Kafr Shuba, the office of the armed forces general staff in Paris said.
An AFP correspondent at the scene said Indian troops transported the body to their base nearby.
A second French soldier who was injured was immediately transported to a military hospital in the area, according to a statement by the French Defence Ministry.
UNIFIL has some 13,000 troops from various countries stationed in southern Lebanon.
The 1,500-strong French battalion is the second largest UNIFIL contingent after Italy.
UNIFIL, which was set up in 1978 to monitor the border between Israel and southern Lebanon, was considerably beefed up in the wake of the devastating 2006 war between the Shiite militant group Hezbollah and Israel.
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