The crunch of snow under foot is a distinct sound. The team of UNIFIL Indian peacekeepers hike their way through the rugged terrain on a patrol near Shab’a.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) today carried out a joint exercise combining armoured assets, machine gun and small arms live fire in an area one kilometre south of the UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura, southern Lebanon.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today donated a number of UN-owned vehicles and other assets worth US$ 658,000 to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the LAF Intelligence at a ceremony held at the UN Mission’s headquarters in south Lebanon.
Hundreds of schoolchildren, accompanied by their teachers, from UNIFIL’s area of operation in south Lebanon braced cold weather recently to gather at Tair Harfa Public School. They were there for a reason: to learn about road safety from UNIFIL peacekeepers.
The patrol vehicle has just hit a landmine and the driver and three passengers are severely injured. Despite hostile fire, the first responders rescue the victims from the car and perform basic medical aid to save their colleagues' lives.
Some of the UNIFIL positions along the Blue Line are remote. To mark the end of the year Major General Michael Beary, UNIFIL’s Head of Mission and Force Commander, chose to visit a number of these isolated posts to chat with the peacekeepers who are working over the festive season.
Tala al-Zain from Cadmous College, a school in Tyre, points at a bowl on a table heaving with tasty Korean food and asks a UNIFIL peacekeeper from the Republic of Korea, “Is this potato?” She gets a nod, tastes the dish and beams. Then quickly takes another bite.