Russians join UNIFIL force in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Russian military experts have joined the ranks of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, with a special mission to de-mine the south of the country.


Security sources said a Russian team of experts in dismantling mines and building bridges arrived in Beirut Wednesday on a special military aircraft.

Another Russian army aircraft arrived shortly after carrying heavy equipment needed for de-mining operations and the construction of bridges.

More than 80 bridges were totally or partially destroyed by Israeli air strikes during the month-long war against Hezbollah in July and August.

Israeli warplanes also dropped thousands of unexploded cluster bombs camouflaged in different shapes, including cheese boxes, pens and razors.

In a related development, an Iraqi volunteer was injured while dismantling a bomb in south Lebanon Wednesday.

The volunteer from the Iraqi "Mag" team for dismantling mines was explaining how to deactivate a cluster bomb when it exploded in his hand inflicting serious injuries.

Several Lebanese citizens have been killed or injured by Israeli cluster bombs after the cessation of hostilities on Aug. 14.

Von: 13.09.06,, by DPA

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