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Today, Noureddine owns a shop a stone's throw away from a major UNIFIL base in South Lebanon's Hanin.Noureddine's is a family business, built to benefit from the presence of UNIFIL. His two brothers also own stores, located strategically next to the eastern and western UNIFIL sector headquarters, run by the Spanish and Italian country contingents respectively. The first UNIFIL troops were deployed to South Lebanon in March 1978 following U.N. Security Resolutions 425 and 426 .Andrea Tenenti, UNIFIL's spokesperson, added separately that many of UNIFIL's economic contributions go beyond the expenditure of peacekeepers themselves.Mere meters away from UNIFIL bases there are pockets of small supermarkets, restaurants and stores catering to peacekeepers with money to spend. In Hanin, a group of Lebanese businesses are situated between two UNIFIL checkpoints – buttressing the base's perimeter.Similar to Noureddine, Kattoura caters solely to UNIFIL soldiers.When asked if UNIFIL provided a source of income, many answered that they contributed, but marginally.Still, for Noureddine, UNIFIL's presence is fundamental to his livelihood.
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