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#Blue Line

# blue-line - Thursday 10 July, 2014

Gardaí €13 million off target for Haddington Road savings

There was also a similar shortfall last year, with just €9 million of the projected €15 million in savings achieved.

# blue-line - Friday 2 September, 2011

Column: ‘When the adrenaline is racing, you never feel tired’

Patrick, an Irish explosives specialist in South Lebanon, describes his working day defusing IEDs on the Blue Line.

# blue-line - Sunday 26 June, 2011

Two hundred Irish troops heading for Lebanon in the morning

The soldiers will leave Dublin Airport at 2.30am to join the rest of the 104th Battalion on a peacekeeping mission. The youngest is 20-years-old.

# blue-line - Monday 30 May, 2011

Defence Forces advance personnel deployed to Lebanon

A team of 90 officials departs Baldonnell for Beirut ahead of the deployment of Irish troops later this month.

# blue-line - Wednesday 4 August, 2010

FOLLOWING A VIOLENT clash between Israeli and Lebanese troops on the UN-controlled border that separates the two countries, the UN has supported Israel’s claim that its troops did not illegally enter Lebanon.

The UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon said that when the clash occured Israeli soldiers were on their side of the border.

Tuesday’s violence resulted in five deaths: three Lebanese soldiers, one Lebanese journalist, and one senior Israeli officer.

It is the worst violence to occur since the 2006 war between the two countries.

During that conflict 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, died. On the Israeli side 158 people, mostly soldiers, died.

The clash allegedly erupted when Israeli soldiers began to cut the branches of a tree that was blocking their view of the Lebanese border. Israel says its troops were within its border, Lebanon says that they crossed over.

Israel and Lebanon dispute parts of the border, known as the “Blue Line”.

UNIFIL military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Naresh Bhatt said: “UNIFIL established … that the trees being cut by the Israeli army are located south of the Blue Line on the Israeli side.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Lebanon was responsible for the incident, adding in televised speech: “Our policy is clear, Israel responds and will continue to respond with force, to any attack against its citizens and soldiers.”

Meanwhile, Lebanon blames Israel for not following established UN protocol for action on the turbulent border, saying that if the UN had been informed of the soldiers’ plans, then the deaths would have been avoided.

# blue-line - Tuesday 3 August, 2010

FIVE PEOPLE have died following a clash on the shared border between Israel and Lebanon today.

Three Lebanese soldiers, one Lebanese journalist, and one senior Israeli officer died in the skirmish – the reasons for which remain unclear.

It is believed that Hezbollah was not involved in the fighting.

The Lebanese army has claimed that an Israeli patrol illegally crossed the border into Lebanon, despite UN forces attempting to prevent them. The soldiers were allegedly trying to remove a tree that was blocking the view from their side.

Lebaese officials say that the Israeli troops opened fire and that they repsoneded.

However, Israeli officials say that their troops were fired upon first.

UN forces on the border are attempting to assuage anger and maintain peace, and have urged both sides to show restraint.

“UNIFIL peacekeepers are in the area and are trying to ascertain the circumstances of the incident and any possible casualties,” said Neeraj Singh, spokesman for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). He added, “Our immediate priority at this time is to restore calm in the area”.

The Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, has condemned Israeli troops for entering Lebanon. He said that that act was a “violation of Lebanese sovereignty and demands” and was in violation of UN resolution 1701.

The incident marks the most serious clash since the ending of a fierce war between the countries four years ago. UN resolution 1701 saw the marking of the Blue Line, the UN-administered border between Israel and Lebanon, which both agreed to respect.

The Jerusalem Post reports that the Israeli military denies that their forces crossed the Blue Line.

The Israeli military issued a statement saying that its soldiers had been shot at by Lebanese forces while “on routine activity in Israeli territory in an area that lies between the blue line and the security fence, thus within Israeli territory”.