UNIFIL soldier lost his life on peacekeeping duty

January 29, 2015

The Daily Star29 Jan 2015

NAQOURA, Lebanon: The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) held a memorial service Thursday to honor the Spanish soldier, Cpl Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, had been serving in the UNIFIL force since November 2014.He was killed by an shell that hit his post near the Ghajar village.
The service was held at Beirut International Airport, in the presence of UNIFIL Commander Maj. Gen. Luciano Portolano, Spanish Ambassador to Beirut Milagros Hernando Echevarria and a representative of the Lebanese Army.
“This tragic incident reminds us of the tasks undertaken by United Nations personnel who are serving far from home, under difficult conditions, to bring peace and prosperity to the people we serve,” Portolano said, standing near the soldier’s coffin wrapped in the blue U.N. flag. “This is a brave and noble choice.”
UNIFIL had launched an investigation into the incident.

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