Irish UN troops leave bunkers


Irish UN troops in southern Lebanon who came under fire, on Tuesday were back on normal duties yesterday, according to an Army spokesman. The soldiers spent six hours in bunkers when hostilities broke out between Israeli troops and Lebanese Hizbollah guerrillas.

Some 13 people were injured when the guerrillas fired rockets into Israel. The Israelis responded with shells and heavy, machine gun fire.

The Army spokesman was reasonably optimistic that the 178th Irish UNIFIL battalion would see out the final weeks of its six month tour of duty in relative peace.