A convoy for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was stopped by a large group of civilians in the southern village of Kaouthariyet El-Saiyad days ago.
The unidentified civilians reportedly seized items and equipment from the peacekeepers after blocking their way back to their base.
It was only after the Lebanese army intervened that the UNIFIL troops were able to continue on their way, but not with their stolen equipment.
After the incident, UNIFIL spokesperson Andrea Tenenti implored Lebanese authorities to ensure the safety and freedom of movement of its troops, adding that such incidents are “strongly deplored by the UN Secretary-General and by the UN Security Council.”
“UNIFIL’s full freedom of movement and the security and safety of its personnel is integral to the effective execution of its tasks,” he said in a statement.
“It is incumbent on the Lebanese authorities to ensure the safety, security, and freedom of movement of UNIFIL troops.”
The UNIFIL and Lebanese army are investigating the incident.