Attack on UNIFIL logistics convoy a “despicable act” to undermine stability

10 Jun 2011

Attack on UNIFIL logistics convoy a “despicable act” to undermine stability

(27 May 2011, comments by UNIFIL Spokesperson Neeraj Singh on today's incident targeting a UNIFIL logistics convoy)

"According to preliminary reports, there was an explosion late afternoon that targeted a UNIFIL logistics convoy along the main highway near Saida.

Six UNIFIL peacekeepers were injured in the explosion, one of them seriously and five with moderate injuries. Two civilians who were in the area were also injured.

This is a despicable act that is clearly directed at undermining UN Security Council resolution 1701 and stability in the south.

In the aftermath of this attack UNIFIL's determination and commitment to our mandate is ever stronger. We are continuing our operations in south Lebanon together with the Lebanese Armed Forces for the implementation of our mandate under resolution 1701.

At the same time the security of UNIFIL personnel is paramount and we have further strengthened our security measures.

It is important that the perpetrators of this attack are identified and brought to justice. UNIFIL's forensics and investigation teams are at the location and are working in close cooperation with their counterparts in the Lebanese army to determine all the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident."