Tuesday 24 April 2018

Troops still patrol Lebanon despite unrest

Irish peacekeeping troops are continuing to patrol their areas of operations within south Lebanon despite a bloody battle in the nearby city of Sidon.

At least 16 soldiers from Lebanese Army Forces have been killed in clashes with Sunni militants since Sunday.

It is estimated that about 20 supporters of hardline Sunni cleric Sheikh Ahmad as-Assir also died as gun and rocket fire rocked the city, 28 miles south of the capital, Beirut.

The violence is seen as a fall-out from the Syrian conflict involving Sunni and Shia fighters. However, the Defence Forces said last night that the Irish area of operations was quiet and they were closely monitoring events in Sidon.

Irish Independent

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