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The UN Security Council (UNSC) decided on Friday to extend the mandate for a peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon by another year but will reduce the number of troops from 15,000 to 13,000.

Israel failed to change the UN forces mandate in #Lebanon:

There was no way for #Israel to reject the renewal of the #UNIFIL mandate. On the contrary, UNIFIL serves Israel's objective - not Hezbollah - even in its current mandate as it is. And of course, the #US just follow.

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In fact, there are only 10,720 #UNIFIL soldiers and officers in #Lebanon and the number has never reached the 15,000.

So the "minimum presence" and "significant reduction of forces' to 13,000 is a joke and a mockery.

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So, Lebanon’s parliament has approved a state of emergency. Very dangerous development that may lead to abuse of army power without recourse for citizens. Unacceptable.
Coincidence, I am sure, that the day parliament meets for consultations and pass state of emergency, US Undersecretary of State David Hale arrives in #beirut. Macron hatches the plan for Lebanon and Hale continues.
Bearing in mind that Trump and Pompeo are waging battle to substantially change #UNIFIL mandate due to be renewed in 2 weeks, even threaten veto. They want to pile the pressure on UNIFIL to be aggressive in south Lebanon, which all other UN state know is madness.
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Smoke can be seen billowing from the port area of #Lebanon’s #Beirut from a possible explosion, according to multiple reports.

english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle…
Breaking: Multiple explosions have been reported in #Beirut with pictures showing smoke billowing from near the port area of the Lebanese capital. Residents are reporting glass broken kilometers away from the blast site.

#Lebanon

english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle…
Update: Footage from on the ground shows the damage caused by an explosion in #Beirut.

english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle…
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Give I'm a little bored - let's do a thread on UNIFIL etc.

The #UnitedNations Interim Force in #Lebanon, otherwise known as #UNIFIL #UN & #NATO peacekeeping operation which began in March 1978 - 42 years ago.
During the 1970s tension between #Israel and #Lebanon increased to an all-time high as after armed #Palestinian elements shifted from #Jordan to #Lebanon. Said forces conducted operations against #Israel and retreated to the safety of #Lebanese territory.
On 11 March 1978, this escalated with what is now called the Coastal Road massacre planned by Abu Jihad. Here's a bit about the Coastal Road Massacre.
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