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Statement on the Attack on the United Nations Force in Lebanon
December 15, 2022

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the violent attack on UNIFIL peacekeepers yesterday that left one Irish servicemember dead and three wounded. Violence against peacekeepers is unconscionable, puts Lebanese civilians at risk, and jeopardizes stability in southern Lebanon. The United States sends its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the peacekeeper who died and hopes for the speedy recovery of those wounded. We call upon the Lebanese government to urgently investigate this attack, hold those responsible accountable, and prevent such attacks from occurring in the future. We continue to urge the Lebanese government to facilitate full cooperation with UNIFIL, including facilitating UNIFIL movements into and out of its area of operations, with or without accompanying Lebanese security services, in accordance with UNSCR 1701.