The first United Nations naval peacekeeping force in history, UNIFIL’s MTF supports the Lebanese Navy in monitoring Lebanese territorial waters, securing the Lebanese coast, and preventing the unauthorized entry of arms or related materiel into Lebanon by sea. The MTF’s mission also focuses on training the Lebanese Navy so in the future it can fully perform the maritime security tasks currently supported by UNIFIL’s naval peacekeepers.
227- Salam from the South - Together in the Sea (in English) | 17 January 2022
End of year message from UNIFIL's Head of Mission and Force Commander, Major General Stefano Del Col
226- Salam from the South - UNIFIL Stands with the LAF (in English) | 23 December 2021
Through the adoption of resolution 2591 renewing UNIFIL’s mandate in August 2021, the United Nations Security Council noted Lebanon’s unprecedented socio-economic and humanitarian crises. In that context, the 15-member Council requested UNIFIL to take “temporary and special measures” to support the Lebanese Army with essential items like medicine, fuel, food, and other logistics.
225- Salam from the South - Liaison Mechanism in UNIFIL (in English) | 06 December 2021
Lebanon and Israel don’t talk to each other directly, so UNIFIL acts as a mediator. UNIFIL’s Liaison Branch is part of this mechanism. With the conflicting parties – Lebanon and Israel – still technically in a state of war, when tensions are high any violation of the Blue Line, any inadvertent movement in the area, or any imprudent remark may cause an eruption of violence. Only an enduring UNIFIL presence all along the Blue Line can ensure that the smallest incident will not escalate into a greater crisis.
224- Salam from the South - Strategic Partners (in English) | 25 November 2021
UNIFIL is working in south Lebanon to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and supporting the Lebanese Armed Forces in the area. Close cooperation between LAF and UNIFIL is of paramount importance in order to preserve calm in the area and assist local communities.
223- Salam from the South - Joint Exercises (in English) | 08 November 2021
Under UN Security Council Resolution 1701, UNIFIL supports the Lebanese Armed Forces in providing security and stability in south Lebanon as well as enhancing their capacities and capabilities through joint activities and trainings.
222 - Salam from the South - UNIFIL supports LAF medical facility in Tyre (in English) | 11 October 2021
UNIFIL is striving to support the Lebanese Armed Forces, its strategic partner, through the unprecedented crises as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the socio-economic situation. Recently, the medical facility within the main Lebanese Armed Forces barracks in Tyre was refurbished with the support of UNIFIL’s Italian Battalion.
221 - Salam from the South - UNIFIL Supports Lebanese Red Cross (in English) | 27 September 2021
Due to the unprecedented crisis represented by the compounded effect of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the socio-economic crises experienced by Lebanon, UNIFIL extended a helping hand to the Lebanese Red Cross.
220 - Salam from the South - Tripartite Meetings (in English) | 20 August 2021
Tripartite meetings are very sensitive meetings, so discreet that no recordings are allowed to be made of them. They are the only forum where representatives of the two parties, Lebanon and Israel, who are technically at war, regularly meet face-to-face for indirect talks. In this radio episode, you will find out more about UNIFIL’s unique Tripartite forum.
219 - Salam from the South - Shoulder to Shoulder in the Sea (in English) | 26 July 2021
Since the first United Nations naval peacekeeping force in history was deployed in 2006, UNIFIL’s Maritime Task Force has been providing all possible support to the Lebanese Navy not only in monitoring the Lebanese territorial waters but also in enhancing the navy’s own capabilities. The results of such cooperation are remarkable.