The Lebanese Armed Forces, UNIFIL’s strategic partner in south Lebanon, celebrated the 72nd Army Day in Beirut with a military parade and a graduation ceremony for 226 new Lebanese officer cadets.
The assembled group of 20 Internal Security Forces (ISF) personnel break into a round of applause as each of their colleague’s names are called. In turn they step up, shake hands with their chief and the UNIFIL trainers, and receive their certificates.
Along the Blue Line near Blida fields, the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Blue Line team holds their surveying and mapping instrument steady to take GIS coordinates. As a LAF officer calls out the coordinates, his colleagues write them down and they confirm the position.
Major Nina Raduha, UNIFIL’s Slovenian Contingent commander, settles into the medical chair and stretches out her arm. Along with 100 UNIFIL peacekeepers from Italy, Slovenia, Ireland and Armenia, Major Raduha has volunteered to donate her blood to the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC).
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today observed the International Day of UN Peacekeepers at its headquarters in Naqoura, vowing to advance its partnership with Lebanese authorities and local leaders in maintaining a safe and stable environment in south Lebanon.