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World Briefing / Lebanon

U.N. troops, villagers clash

July 19, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Villagers threw stones at U.N. peacekeeping troops in southern Lebanon, mildly injuring 14 soldiers, in an attempt to prevent an investigation near the site of a recent explosion, a spokeswoman said.

The incident is believed to be the most serious confrontation between Shiite Muslims sympathetic to the militant Hezbollah group and the thousands of U.N. peacekeepers deployed in southern Lebanon after the 2006 war between the guerrillas and Israel.

The incident came after an explosion Tuesday in a southern village was blamed on a suspected Hezbollah weapons depot that blew up in an apparent accident.

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