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Beirut: Plane Crashes into the Mediterranean, 90 Feared Dead

The UNIFIL Maritime Task Force

An Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane with about 80 travelers and 10 crew members went down into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take off from Beirut airport en route for Addis Ababa in a strong storm.

At the request of the Lebanese authorities, the maritime task force of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon dispatched two ships to the crash site as well as two helicopters.

The maritime fleet has been deployed since 2006 in the wake of that year’s war between Israel and Hizbollah, and is tasked with helping the navy secure its territorial waters and prevent the unauthorized entry of arms or related material by sea into Lebanon.

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