A shake-up of the member countries of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon will take place at the end of this month, The Daily Star has learned. Estonia will withdraw its entire contingent of 38 troops while Finland will downsize its 300-member team to 200.
To make up for the withdrawals, Ireland will expand its current contingent until the United Nations designates a new country to enter UNIFIL’s ranks.
According to UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti, over the last 12 years, since U.N. Resolution 1701 ended the July 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, there have been several withdrawals and new deployments within the force.
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