First incident between int'l force and Hizballah

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
A first incident between the newly deployed international force in southern Lebanon and the Hizballah was recorded this week as Spanish troops were encountered by Hizballah forces and were not allowed to continue with their mission.

The incident, which happened a few days ago, started when a Spanish force was on a patrol in the area of the village of Taibe in southern Lebanon. While on patrol, the Spanish troops encountered a group of armed Hizballah fighters who did not allow the Spaniards to continue with their mission. The Spanish force then followed protocol and called the Lebanese army to intervene. When the Lebanese army failed to respond, the Spanish patrol returned to their base.

A Spanish officer told the Spanish media after the incident, that they might have entered a Hizballah training area.

Spanish Defense Minister Jose Antonio Alonso recently visited two bases of the Spanish army in south Lebanon and met with the troops.

Political sources in Jerusalem have expressed their concern that the international force is turning out to be ineffective. Israel will ask for clarifications from the UN if it is revealed that the incident actually happened.

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