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Four Italian journalists held in southern Lebanon

Journalists travelling with UN peacekeepers grabbed and held

Four Italian journalists held in southern Lebanon

Beirut, January 7 - Four Italian journalists travelling with United Nations peacekeepers from Italy were grabbed and held for an hour, sources said Monday. The journalists' mobile phones and cameras were seized in the incident, which occurred in the village of Aita al-Shaab, about five kilometers from the border with Israel. The area is predominantly populated by supporters of Hezbollah, the pro-Iranian Shiite movement. The group included Mario Rebeschini and Rossella Santosuosso, employees of Il Resto del Carlino, a Bologna-based daily newspaper, and their colleagues Elisa Murgese and Gianfranco Salvatori, according to the daily. The four were travelling in two vehicles with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) when they were detained. They were later freed after Lebanese army forces intervened, but their mobiles and cameras were not returned. The incident is under investigation.

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