SIDON, Lebanon: An employee with the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon fell to his death Wednesday in the southern city of Tyre, a security source said.
The body of Peter Sieman, an Austrian national, was found outside a building in the southern city after he fell from the 11th floor of the structure, the source said, adding that he may have hit electrical wires before crashing to the ground.
The state-run National News Agency quoted Sieman’s girlfriend as saying he had jumped from the Shahine building while under the influence of alcohol.
UNIFIL confirmed the death of Sieman, saying he worked as the U.N. Truce Supervision Organization military observer and that he died after falling from a balcony of a building in Tyre, where he was residing.
“The circumstances of the incident are under investigation in close cooperation with the Lebanese authorities,” UNIFIL said in a statement.
UNIFIL Force Commander Maj. Gen. Paolo Serra and UNTSO Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Michael Finn expressed their deepest condolences to the Austrian government and to the family of Sieman, according to the statement.
UNIFIL described him as a well-respected and dedicated peacekeeper actively working in supporting UNIFIL's mandate under Security Council resolution 1701.
Serra and Finn "extended special appreciation to the Lebanese Army and the local authorities for their support in assisting UNIFIL and UNTSO after this tragic event."