Press releases

  • 27 Sep 2020 - In coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today deployed a detachment of multinational force to Beirut in order to assist Lebanese authorities with their efforts to deal with the aftermath of the tragic 4 August explosions. 
  • 21 Sep 2020 - UNIFIL today marked the International Day of Peace during a ceremony at its headquarters in Naqoura, south Lebanon. Present at the ceremony were UNIFIL Head of Mission Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col, Colonel George Toufik Toufik representing the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander, local authorities, representatives of the Lebanese security agencies and fellow peacekeepers.
  • 03 Sep 2020 - 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. 
  • 26 Aug 2020 - “On Tuesday, 25 August starting around 11:00 p.m., UNIFIL observed a number of flares fired from several IDF positions along the Blue Line across from Aytarun, Ayta Ash-Sha’b, Meiss Ej Jebel, Houla, Kfar Kila and Kfar Shouba in south Lebanon.  UNIFIL radars also detected mortars and artillery shells, mostly smoke, as well as intense UAV activities in these areas. UNIFIL immediately activated its liaison and coordination channels and reinforced troops along the Blue Line.
  • 02 Jul 2020 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col today chaired a second special Tripartite meeting since the COVID-19 outbreak with senior officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at a UN position in Ras Al Naqoura. Discussions focused on the situation along the Blue Line, air and ground violations as well as other issues within the scope of UNIFIL’s mandate under UN Security Council resolution 1701. 
  • 01 Jul 2020 - The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of Lebanon, Nassif Hitti, today visited the UNIFIL Headquarters as well the Mission’s area of operations and the Blue Line accompanied by over 30 young Lebanese diplomats, to see first-hand the work carried out by the Mission in coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), in stabilizing the situation on the ground for almost 14 years.
  • 18 Jun 2020 - A 15-member delegation of the European Union (EU) comprising Ambassadors and senior diplomatic officials accredited to Lebanon, visited the UNIFIL Headquarters as well as the Mission’s area of operations and the Blue Line today. UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col received the delegation, led by the Chargée d’Affaires a.i. of the EU Julia Koch De Biolley, at the UNIFIL HQs in Naqoura. 
  • 15 Jun 2020 - Following suspension with some exceptions by Secretary-General António Guterres in April 2020 of all rotations, repatriations and deployments of uniformed personnel to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 Coronavirus, UNIFIL today started partial resumption of its troops rotations while following all established national and international protocols.
  • 29 May 2020 - UNIFIL today observed the International Day of UN Peacekeepers at its headquarters in Naqoura, paying tribute to the contribution of uniformed and civilian personnel and to honour more than 3,900 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the United Nations flag world over since 1948.
  • 27 May 2020 - In a show of support to the UNIFIL Mission in south Lebanon, Prime Minister Hassan Diab today led a 10-member delegation to the Mission Headquarters in Naqoura where he was briefed on the work of UNIFIL.  UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col greeted the high-level delegation that also included Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Zeina Akkar and LAF Commander General Joseph Aoun.

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