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A U.N. board of inquiry concluded that members of a Finnish contingent in the U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon acted properly by staging a mock attack to help the defection of 11 Shia Muslim members from the Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army. In retaliation, the SLA held 21 Finnish soldiers hostage for eight days, demanding the return of the defectors. The Finnish soldiers were all released, but officials in Helsinki charged that Israeli officers stood by while South Lebanon Army soldiers beat a Finnish officer, Col. Venni Hakala.


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