Report: Italy sends warships toward Lebanon coast

ROME (AP) An Italian news report says two Italian warships are sailing closer toward offshore Lebanon to protect Italy's soldiers participating in a U.N. peacekeeping mission there.

Italy currently has some 1,100 soldiers in the UNIFIL force in Lebanon.

The ANSA news agency reported that a frigate and a torpedo destroyer boat left Italy's southeastern coast on Wednesday and were headed to offshore Lebanon to beef up protection of the soldiers in case of stepped-up conflict in Syria. Lebanon borders Syria.

Calls to the defense ministry to confirm report were not immediately answered.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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