UNIFIL contractors wounded by gunfire in south Lebanon; source indeterminate ‘at this point’

BEIRUT — A spokesperson for the United Nations peacekeeping force deployed in south Lebanon along the border with Israel says three of their contractors were wounded today when gunfire hit their vehicle.

“Fortunately, there were no serious injuries,” says Kandice Ardiel, deputy spokesperson for the force known as UNIFIL.

Asked if the fire came from the Israeli side, Ardiel says: “At this point, we can’t determine the origin.”

She says the contractors were returning home from UNIFIL’s Sector West headquarters in the village of Chama when their vehicle was hit by gunfire. Chama is about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the border with Israel.

Israel and the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah have been exchanging fire nearly every day since the war in Gaza began in October.

“We reiterate our condemnation of any attack on civilians, or any action that puts civilian lives in danger,” Ardiel says, adding that this includes locals who still live in their villages and provide essential services to support peacekeepers in their work. The fighting has displaced tens of thousands of people on both sides of the border.

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