Additional French troops arrive in Lebanon (Lebanon)


The soldiers, specialists in demining and reconstruction, will be under the command of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Admiral Xavier Magne told AFP.


(24.08.2006)

NAQURA, Lebanon, 25 August 2006

Another 170 French troops arrived on Friday off the south Lebanese coastal town of Naqura to reinforce UN peacekeepers along the border with Israel.

The troops arrived shortly before 8:30 am (0530 GMT) on board the amphibious assault craft Foudre, which was also transporting trucks, bulldozers, dump trucks, generators and water purification equipment.

The soldiers, specialists in demining and reconstruction, will be under the command of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Admiral Xavier Magne told AFP.

"Our mission, about which some details remain to be worked out, will be to support the mobility of UNIFIL and Lebanese army forces in their redeployment in southern Lebanon," Colonel Christophe Issac, the commanding officer of the engineers detachment, earlier told AFP.

A first contingent of 49 engineers arrived on Saturday. France already had 200 troops serving with UNIFIL, and President Jacques Chirac promised Thursday to enlarge the force to 2,000.

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Von: 25.8.06, Agence France Presse

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