Written answers

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Department of Defence

Overseas Missions

5:00 pm

Photo of Liz McManusLiz McManus (Wicklow, Labour)
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Question 50: To ask the Minister for Defence if the UNIFIL investigation team lead by an Irish officer which is investigating the incident involving a roadside bomb on the main coastal road north of Sidon in Lebanon is complete; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13543/08]

Photo of Tom KittTom Kitt (Minister of State (Government Chief Whip), Department of An Taoiseach; Minister of State, Department of Defence; Dublin South, Fianna Fail)
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Two members of the Permanent Defence Force, serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), were injured in an incident on 8 January 2008. The soldiers had superficial injuries and were taken to the local hospital in Sidon by Lebanese army personnel. The soldiers were treated for their injuries and kept in over-night for observation. Both were discharged from the hospital on the following day, 9th January, and they then returned to UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura.

An Irish officer serving with UNIFIL led the initial investigation into the incident. The incident is currently being investigated by a UNIFIL investigation team, which includes an Irish officer. This investigation is ongoing and will conclude in due course. However, this team cannot report until the concurrent investigation by the Lebanese Government into the incident is completed.

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