SIDON, Lebanon: Residents of a south Lebanon village briefly blocked a road in front of Belgian peacekeepers Saturday and stole a memory card belonging to one of the patrol’s members, security sources told The Daily Star over the weekend.
After the Belgian unit, specialized in demining, took pictures of a mine field in the Marjayoun village of Mais al-Jabal and was on its way out of the area, residents in a car blocked the path of a vehicle belonging to the Belgium contingent of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon, the sources said.
The residents then stole a memory card of a camera that belonged to the peacekeepers.
The sources said there was no physical confrontation between the residents and the peacekeepers. Items belonging to UNIFIL have been taken off its members in the past.
The head of the U.N. peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, Maj. Gen. Paulo Serra, has warned against intercepting UNIFIL patrols and confiscating their equipment, saying that such actions are not only illegal, but they could escalate and endanger both soldiers and civilians.