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January 12, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
An Israeli tank fired on a village in southern Lebanon and killed an Irish U.N. soldier, officials said Sunday. The U.N. commander protested to Israel, and Ireland said it will reconsider its peacekeeping role. A spokesman for the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon--UNIFIL--said the Irish contingent had fired flares to warn the Israelis to stop firing on the village of Braachit six miles north of the border Saturday night, but the Israelis persisted, killing Cpl.
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August 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
U.N. peacekeepers fanned out Saturday along the Lebanese-Israeli border, completing their deployment for a mission to bring stability to a zone occupied by Israel until May and controlled since by guerrillas. White armored vehicles flying the blue U.N. flag cruised without incident along the border fence that has been the most violent front of the Arab-Israeli conflict for more than 20 years.
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February 8, 1988 | Associated Press
PLO guerrillas Sunday surrounded a house where kidnapers are holding two Scandinavian U.N. employees, and PLO chief Yasser Arafat has ordered that the hostages be freed. The Palestine Liberation Organization's Sidon commander, Anwar Madi, announced the order in a statement issued in this southern Lebanese port city and said his guerrillas might use force to release the two captives. "We shall try to gain their freedom with peaceful means.
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July 29, 2000 | Associated Press
U.N. peacekeepers began a limited deployment in southern Lebanon on Friday, taking up positions on two hills at the border that were the sites of Israeli violation of Lebanese territory. Three white U.N. armored carriers with peacekeepers aboard arrived at the Manara hill at midmorning, next to the Israeli settlement of Manara. They carried up to 30 Ghanaian soldiers.
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December 25, 1991 | Reuters
The United Nations said Tuesday that it is close to abandoning hope of getting the last two Western hostages in Lebanon freed by the end of the year. U.N. sources said that envoy Giandomenico Picco left Damascus for New York on Tuesday without making any breakthrough in efforts to free Germans Heinrich Struebig and Thomas Kemptner. They said the United Nations will continue to work for their release, although it is not clear at this stage when Picco will return to the region.
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April 2, 1998 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an official policy shift, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's national security Cabinet team Wednesday formally accepted a 20-year-old United Nations resolution calling for a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. The vote is symbolically important but unlikely to bring a quick end to the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon, increasingly unpopular at home. This is the first time an Israeli government has accepted U.N.
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April 2, 1998 | Associated Press
Passed March 19, 1978--less than a week after Israel first invaded Lebanon, beginning an occupation that has cost the lives of an estimated 1,000 Israeli soldiers--the United Nations Security Council resolution in part: * Calls for strict respect for the territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon. * Calls upon Israel immediately to cease military action and withdraw its forces from all Lebanese territory.
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August 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
U.N. peacekeepers fanned out Saturday along the Lebanese-Israeli border, completing their deployment for a mission to bring stability to a zone occupied by Israel until May and controlled since by guerrillas. White armored vehicles flying the blue U.N. flag cruised without incident along the border fence that has been the most violent front of the Arab-Israeli conflict for more than 20 years.
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April 20, 1996 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the people of this hamlet of about 30 families, nestled in the hills south of Tyre and about a mile from Israel's self-declared "security zone," life during the past week has been moments of intense fear and long hours of anxious waiting. Israeli shells explode day and night, fired in response to rockets launched by pro-Iranian Hezbollah guerrillas from surrounding fields and orchards into northern Israel.
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July 30, 1997 | Associated Press
The Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend its peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon until the end of January. Earlier this month, Lebanon asked for an extension of the 4,500-member mission, which was established in March 1978 after Israel invaded Lebanon. In a statement after the 15-0 vote for the six-month extension, the council expressed its "concern over the continuing violence in southern Lebanon" and called again for restraint in the region.
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July 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
Lebanon agreed to allow U.N. peacekeepers to deploy along its border with Israel this week, the United Nations said Monday, after the last of Israeli encroachments across the frontier ended. Two months after Israel ended its 22-year occupation of southern Lebanon, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan informed the Security Council late Monday that the long-sought U.N. peacekeeper deployment would take place Wednesday. He said the deployment by the U.N.
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June 21, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with the leader of Hezbollah, treating the group Washington views as a sponsor of terrorism as a partner for peace on the Israeli-Lebanese border. The meeting, the first between Sheik Hassan Nasrallah and a senior international official, highlighted the fast-changing politics of the region. Hezbollah spent nearly two decades trying to drive Israeli troops from southern Lebanon, and it now controls the territory Israel abandoned last month.
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June 18, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
The United Nations Security Council reached tentative agreement late Saturday to endorse a U.N. verification that Israel had completed its withdrawal from southern Lebanon. A council statement, which was expected to be formally adopted early today, came after the Lebanese government insisted that Israel still occupies part of its territory. A day after Lebanese Prime Minister Salim Hoss rejected the U.N.
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June 17, 2000 | Associated Press
In a setback for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Lebanon on Friday rejected the U.N.'s verification of the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon, saying Israel still controls some Lebanese territory. Annan said earlier Friday at U.N. headquarters that the Israeli withdrawal is complete. That announcement was intended to clear the way for U.N. troops to move into the border area and help Lebanese forces restore peace and regain authority in the region.
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April 2, 1998 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an official policy shift, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's national security Cabinet team Wednesday formally accepted a 20-year-old United Nations resolution calling for a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. The vote is symbolically important but unlikely to bring a quick end to the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon, increasingly unpopular at home. This is the first time an Israeli government has accepted U.N.
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April 2, 1998 | Associated Press
Passed March 19, 1978--less than a week after Israel first invaded Lebanon, beginning an occupation that has cost the lives of an estimated 1,000 Israeli soldiers--the United Nations Security Council resolution in part: * Calls for strict respect for the territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon. * Calls upon Israel immediately to cease military action and withdraw its forces from all Lebanese territory.
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August 7, 1991 | STANLEY MEISLER and MARILYN RASCHKA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Islamic Jihad kidnapers of two Americans, igniting a spark of hope that an end to the Beirut hostage drama might be near, pledged in a cryptic message Tuesday that they would dispatch a special envoy to the United Nations secretary general with "an extremely important message." In Washington, the news evoked a strange mood of wariness and optimism. Senior U.S.
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November 19, 1991 | NORMAN KEMPSTER and ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the macabre calculus of Middle East kidnaping, Terry Waite and Thomas M. Sutherland were known as "high value hostages." Their release Monday thus provides the clearest evidence that the decade-long horror is drawing to a close. There were predictions that all of the captives might be home for Christmas.
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August 7, 1997 | Times Wire Services
A U.N. helicopter on a training mission crashed late Wednesday in the Israeli-occupied area of southern Lebanon, killing all five peacekeepers on board, Lebanese security officials said. The cause of the crash was not known. Witnesses said they saw an explosion before the helicopter went down. Four of the dead were Italian and the fifth was Irish, according to a statement from U.N. offices in New York.
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July 30, 1997 | Associated Press
The Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend its peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon until the end of January. Earlier this month, Lebanon asked for an extension of the 4,500-member mission, which was established in March 1978 after Israel invaded Lebanon. In a statement after the 15-0 vote for the six-month extension, the council expressed its "concern over the continuing violence in southern Lebanon" and called again for restraint in the region.
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