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UN Calls on Lebanon to Expand Security Forces

The United Nations Security Council has called on Lebanon to expand its security presence in the south, following the withdrawal of Syrian troops.

In a resolution passed to Friday, the Council said Lebanese troops must show they can maintain security in the country, especially along the southern boundary with Israel.

The measure condemned violence between Israeli troops and Hezbollah militants in the area, including a June incident that killed three people.

The Security Council also agreed to extend until January a U.N. mission in Lebanon, which includes some two thousand peacekeepers. That U.N. force was created in 1978 to confirm Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon, after Israeli troops invaded the country in search of Palestinian militants.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.