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IDF says Hezbollah bomb hit UNIFIL workers

Initial reports blamed Israel for the blast in Southern Lebanon.

The IDF and UNIFIL coordinate activity on the Israeli-Lebanese border. Credit: IDF.
The IDF and UNIFIL coordinate activity on the Israeli-Lebanese border. Credit: IDF.

A Hezbollah bomb wounded a group of UNIFIL workers in Southern Lebanon on March 30 that initial reports attributed to the Jewish state, the Israel Defense Forces said on Wednesday.

IDF Arabic-language spokesman Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee tweeted that the injuries to the U.N. peacekeeping force members were caused by an explosive device planted by the Iranian terrorist proxy.

The Israeli government had already denied the reports that it had struck a UNIFIL vehicle in the Rmeish area. Three U.N. observers—Norwegian, Chilean and Australian nationals—and a translator were wounded when the bomb exploded near them as they were conducting a foot patrol.

UNIFIL deploys 10,000 “blue helmet” staffers in Southern Lebanon. It is the U.N.’s longest-running observer mission, operating since 1978.

Israel has been engaged in a low-intensity conflict with Hezbollah since the terrorist group joined the current war in support of Hamas following the Oct. 7 atrocities in the northwestern Negev. Tens of thousands of Israelis have been evacuated from areas close to the northern border that have seen near-daily rocket, mortar and drone attacks from Lebanon.

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