Lebanon: With 900 deployed as peacekeepers, India watching Lebanon situation

NEW DELHI: India is monitoring the situation in southern Lebanon where almost 900 Indian soldiers are deployed as part of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has reported some rockets and artillery guns being fired in wake of the ongoing Hamas-Israel conflict.

The UNIFIL, which is deployed along the 110-km ‘Blue Line’ that has seen fierce clashes between Israeli and Shiite Islamic Hezbollah forces in the past, said several rockets were fired from southeast Lebanon toward Israeli-occupied territory in the Kafr Chouba area on Sunday.

In response, there was artillery fire from Israel towards Lebanon.
Explosions were also detected near Al-Boustan in southwest Lebanon on Monday. The UNIFIL, which has around 10,500 peacekeepers from 48 countries, had urged authorities on both sides of the Blue Line to exercise maximum restraint and prevent escalation.

Projectiles launched from Lebanon target Israeli military post in Shebaa farms, say sources

“There have been no attacks or blasts in the areas where the Indian contingent is deployed,” an Indian official said. There are also around 200 Indian soldiers deployed as part of the UN Disengagement Force (UNDOF) at the Golan Heights between Israeli and Syrian forces.
Overall, India currently has 5,934 soldiers deployed in different UN peacekeeping operations around the world. India has lost 159 soldiers in UN operations over the decades, which include six in UNIFIL and two in UNDOF.

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