UNIFIL peacekeepers patrol along the Lebanese-Israeli border in Adaisseh, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Estonia will withdraw its entire contingent of 38 troops while Finland will downsize its 300-member team to 200 .According to UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti, over the last 12 years, since U.N. Resolution 1701 ended the July 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, there have been several withdrawals and new deployments within the force.The [entire] contribution will be re-evaluated in the end of the year 2020," Hirsimaki said.He noted that UNIFIL is the largest peacekeeping operation to which Finland contributes.The current Irish contingent stands at 346 peacekeepers, according to Tenenti, but after its new addition arrives in the first two weeks of November, Ireland will be contributing 442 troops to UNIFIL. Gen. Stefano Del Col recently took over the peacekeeping force in August.
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