A Spanish U.N. peacekeeper looks down on the U.N-demarcated "Blue Line" border between Lebanon and Israel, during a foot patrol in the occupied Shebaa Farms area of southeast Lebanon, Tuesday Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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UNIFIL Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary since the U.N.'s first ever peacekeeping mission began its mandate, gathering at its headquarters in south Lebanon's Naqoura for a ceremony headed by UNIFIL commander Maj.Beary praised the work of UNIFIL, one of 14 U.N. peacekeeping operations worldwide, for preserving relative peace in south Lebanon – particularly for defusing tensions in the country's southern border areas following the 2006 war, which saw Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire devastate parts of the country.
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