Press releases

  • 03 Jun 2021 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col today chaired a special Tripartite meeting – held in a modified format due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions – with senior officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at a UN position in Ras Al Naqoura.
  • 28 May 2021 - UNIFIL today handed over one of its positions to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), its strategic partner, at a ceremony in south-western Lebanon. UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col handed over UN position “2-45A” to Brigadier General Maroun Kobayati, who represented the Lebanese Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun.
  • 19 May 2021 - Rockets have been launched from southern Lebanon into northern Israel and Israel Defense Forces has retaliated. UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Del Col is in direct contact with the parties urging all sides to exercise maximum restraint at this critical time. The firing has now stopped. Our peacekeepers are on the ground with the Lebanese Armed Forces to assess the situation.
  • 17 May 2021 - On Monday, 17 May at around 11:30 pm, UNIFIL detected firing of rockets from the general area of Rashaya Al Foukhar north of Kfar Chouba, in south Lebanon. Immediately after we were also informed by the parties. The Israel Defense Forces returned artillery fire directed at the location from where the rockets had originated. 
  • 16 May 2021 - UNIFIL peacekeepers are on the ground and working in close coordination with our strategic partners, the Lebanese Armed Forces who are working around the clock to provide security in the area. Since the beginning of the demonstrations, we have been together on the ground to decrease tension and prevent the situation from escalating further.
  • 14 May 2021 - We are aware of reports that a Lebanese civilian was killed along the Blue Line near Kafer Kila today during a confrontation with the Israel Defense Forces. UNIFIL’s Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Del Col is in direct contact with the parties to prevent further escalation. Our troops are on the ground to prevent violations and together with the Lebanese Armed Forces we have enhanced security in the area.
  • 13 May 2021 - In relation to reports of launch of rockets from south Lebanon into Israel, UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Del Col is in touch with both parties urging maximum restraint and to cooperate with UNIFIL in order to prevent further escalation. UNIFIL in coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces is enhancing security control in the area.
  • 07 Apr 2021 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col today chaired a special Tripartite meeting with senior officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at a UN position in Ras Al Naqoura. The meeting was held in a modified format due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.  
  • 02 Feb 2021 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col today chaired the first Tripartite meeting of 2021, with senior officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at a UN position in Ras Al Naqoura. The meeting was convened in a curtailed format due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. 
  • 15 Jan 2021 - Today, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) held a ceremony in Naqoura, south Lebanon, to mark the transfer of authority of its Maritime Task Force (MTF) from Brazil to Germany. Rear Admiral Sergio Renato Berna Salgueirinho from Brazil handed over the command to Rear Admiral Axel Schulz of the German Navy.

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