The unit of six UNIFIL French peacekeepers, carrying a stretcher with a colleague strapped to it, turned the corner and saw the menacing lattice of ropes about 50 cm off the ground glinting in the afternoon light.
In the antique historical city of Tyre – criss-crossed by a labyrinth of narrow streets and pathways – the onset of spring is usually a boon. The reason: it brings with it economic prosperity in the form of thousands of tourists.
Bassem Hashem, Deputy Mayor of Shab’a, strolls along the recently graded dirt road and pauses at the new bridge. He examines the construction work and chats with the structural engineer. Construction of this new bridge crossing a stream in the valley has just been completed.
Local farmers and traders had just started to assemble and set up stalls along the main street of Bint Jbeil when UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary, accompanied by local dignitaries, strolled in to the weekly market.
UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander, Major General Michael Beary, today chaired a regular tripartite meeting with senior officials from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) at the UN position at Ras Al Naqoura.