14 UNIFIL soldiers injured during clash with Shiite protestors in south Lebanon
14 United Nations Interim Forces ( UNIFIL) soldiers were wounded Saturday in south Lebanon when Lebanese Shiite protesters prevented them from searching a location suspected of containing arms, Xinhua quoted local Elnashra website as reporting Sunday.
The injuries were not serious, but several UNIFIL vehicles were damaged, including an ambulance of the investigation team, according to the report.
The UNIFIL patrols was attacked by around 100 protesters from Khirbet Selm village. The attackers hurled stones to the windows of UNIFIL vehicles and both sides were engaged in fistfights, which blocked the main road between Khirbet Selm and Bir al- Salesel where an abandoned house was suspected of containing arms.
Ammunition depot in an abandoned house in Khirbet Selm exploded Tuesday in an area widely under Hezbollah control.
UNIFIL and the Lebanese army launched an investigation to determine whether the ammunition is the leftover of the Israeli- Hezbollah war in 2006, or Hezbollah stored arms.
A UNIFIL statement Thursday said the blast marked a "serious violation" of UN resolution 1701 which ended the 34-day war between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah in 2006.
Hezbollah refused to disarm despite the call by UN resolution 1701 for militias to turn over their arms to the Lebanese army, the Shiite group vowed to keep its arms as long as Israel posses a threat in the region.