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Gary Gannon TD

Attack on UN convoy is a stark reminder of the dangers faced by members of the Defence Forces on peacekeeping missions

News of the death of an Irish peacekeeper in Lebanon has caused profound shock and sadness throughout Ireland, according to Social Democrats Defence spokesperson Gary Gannon.

“This morning we woke up to the terrible news of the attack on a UN peacekeeping convoy in south Lebanon, in which a member of the Defence Forces was killed and three others were injured – one seriously.

“Ireland has a long and proud tradition of UN missions in Lebanon. However, this is a stark reminder of the dangers and risks our soldiers face in conflict zones in their quest for peace.

“My immediate thoughts are with the victim’s family, friends and colleagues in the Defence Forces, but also with those injured in the incident. Along with my party colleagues in the Social Democrats, I wish them a full recovery during this extremely difficult and traumatic time.

“As a nation, we stand in solidarity with those members of the 121st Infantry Battalion who remain in south Lebanon and acknowledge their unwavering commitment to maintaining peace in the region.”

December 15, 2022

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