Friday, March 23, 2012

On March 23

On this day in ...
... 1978, fewer than 2 weeks after Israel invaded Lebanon following an attack on Israel for which the Palestine Liberation Organization claimed responsibility, the 1st contingent of peacekeeping troops comprising UNIFIL, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, arrived in the region. The force had been established by the U.N. Security Council in Resolutions 425 and 426, which also called upon Israel to cease fire and withdraw. Israel eventually withdrew in 2000, but crises have erupted in the border territory since then. UNIFIL's mandate has repeatedly been renewed, most recently, by way of Security Council Resolution 2004 (August 2011) .

(Prior March 23 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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