Keeping a ‘fragile’ peace on Lebanon’s border with Israel
05 July 2020 | 3:20 pm
Stationed in Lebanon for more than 40 years, the UN's blue helmets work to preserve a fragile peace along the border with Israel. Since the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, the border area has enjoyed a period of relative calm, one which UNIFIL hopes to maintain. But just a few weeks away from the renewal of its mandate, the UN force is facing criticism on multiple fronts.
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