A decision to send more United Nations troops into South Lebanon, co-incided with the fiercest fighting there since to interim force began taking up position in the region in March.
A decision to send more United Nations troops into South Lebanon, co-incided with the fiercest fighting there since to interim force began taking up position in the region in March. On Tuesday (2 May) two French paratroopers and a Senegalese soldier of the U.N. force, plus a Palestine Liberation Organisation observer, were killed and other soldiers injured in the battle near Tyre. The following day (3 May) the United Nations Security Council approved an increase in the interim force from 4,000 to 6,000 men.
SYNOPSIS: Tuesday's battle broke out in this orange grove as UN and Palestinian leaders were holding local ceasefire talks nearby. Palestinian military leaders have denied involvement in the fighting, and a Lebanese leftist group, calling itself the Popular Resistance Front for the Liberation of the South from Occupation and Fascism, said they became involved in the fighting after a UN patrol opened fire on them.
Among the French wounded was their commander, Colonel Jean-Germain Salvan, who was hit in the legs. He and other UN officers had been holding talks with PLO representatives when firing started nearby. A detachment was sent to investigate, and Colonel Salvan was wounded while being driven in a PLO vehicle in a bid to stop the battle. The men who died were caught in heavy mortar, rocket and machine gun fire. Just who was responsible for the incident, remained unclear. Captain Charles Deleris of the UN force spoke about the attack.