Press releases

  • 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.
  • 14 May 2020 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col today chaired a special Tripartite meeting – the first 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.
  • 14 Apr 2020 - Donations from UNIFIL peacekeepers continued today with various medical and personal protective equipment handed to their host communities in south Lebanon in their collective efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.  The peacekeeping mission’s French and Ghanaian peacekeepers as well as UNIFIL Sector East peacekeepers handed out those life-saving items within their respective areas of responsibility.
  • 07 Apr 2020 -
    UNIFIL continued today with its ongoing efforts to assist the host population in our common fight against COVID-19 Coronavirus by donating several equipment to state institutions and local communities in south-eastern Lebanon.
    The donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supplies necessary for the containment of the virus, in support to the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health in Marjayoun, will benefit 13 villages and 10 state institutions.
  • 31 Mar 2020 - UNIFIL today handed over a number of equipment and other accessories to the Naqoura Municipality, which hosts the UN Mission’s Headquarters in south Lebanon. This donation is part of UNIFIL’s broader effort to assist the local population and communities in the common fight against the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.  
  • 19 Mar 2020 -
    UNIFIL today marked the 42nd anniversary of its establishment in 1978 amidst a modest ceremony in the Mission headquarters in Naqoura, south Lebanon. 
    UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col chaired the ceremony, which saw a limited attendance as a precaution for preventing the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus, which has become a global pandemic.
  • 06 Mar 2020 - A nine-member UN delegation led by Assistant Secretary-General Khaled Khiari today concluded a weeklong visit to Lebanon and the UNIFIL area of operations, as part of an assessment of UNIFIL’s resources. During the visit, ASG Khiari was accompanied by UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col.