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Most Israeli Troops Leave Lebanon

  • VOA News

Nearly all of Israel's troops in Lebanon have returned home, except for some forces still stationed in a small border village.

The chief of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon says some Israeli troops remain in the village of Ghajar, which straddles the border between Lebanon and Israeli-occupied Syrian territory. The UN commander Major General Alain Pellegrini said he expects those troops to leave later this week.

Israel said the rest of its forces completed their withdrawal earlier on Sunday before the start of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur.

Israel had sent 10-thousand troops into southern Lebanon to fight Hezbollah guerrillas before a truce ending the month-long war took hold August 14th.

The UN truce resolution calls for a full Israeli withdrawal and the deployment of foreign peacekeepers and Lebanese government troops in southern Lebanon.

Israel has been reluctant to withdraw the last of its troops, citing disagreements over the mandate of the Lebanese and UN forces.

Some 15-thousand international peacekeepers and 15-thousand Lebanese troops are expected to
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