The Lebanese Civil War started in 1975 and was a battle between the different religious groupings in Lebanon. Israel and Syria were also actively involved. As of 1978 an international peacekeeping force, UNIFIL, was stationed here, with militaries from dozens of countries, including the Netherlands. From 1982 the MNF, with militaries from the US, France, Italy and the United Kingdom were added to it, but after a couple of major bomb attacks resulting in many victims, it was discontinued in 1984. The Lebanese Civil War officially ended in 1990, but at present UNIFIL is still active in the area, deactivating mines among other activities. About 250,000 people died in the Lebanese Civil War, including hundreds of soldiers from the international military forces.
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