by Atul Khare and Jean-Pierre Lacroix
In line with UNIFIL’s efforts to assist the host population in our common fight against COVID-19 Coronavirus in south Lebanon, UNIFIL troop contributing countries have been taking initiatives aimed at providing communities with medical equipment and other supplies available at our disposal.
In the wake of the serious incident along the Blue Line on 1 September that occurred amidst mounting tension following developments outside the UNIFIL area of operations, UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Stefano Del Col today called on Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut.
At about 5:00 p.m. today UNIFIL was informed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that an anti-tank missile had been fired from the vicinity of Marun Ar Ras in southern Lebanon at an IDF vehicle in the Avivim area, south of the Blue Line.
I have just had a very good and constructive meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil.
As discussed in our meeting today, much of my efforts in recent weeks has been to address with the parties concerns related to the latest developments along the Blue Line.
On 26 and 27 December, in the course of the ongoing investigation into the presence of tunnels along the Blue Line, UNIFIL together with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) surveyed the premises of an old concrete factory in the southern part of Kfar Kela, after UNIFIL had observed liquified cement f
UNIFIL has been actively following up on developments relating to the discovery of tunnels along the Blue Line by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
IDF has informed UNIFIL that they have so far discovered four tunnels along the Blue Line.
UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col, along with a technical team, today visited a location near Metulla in northern Israel where the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has discovered a tunnel close to the Blue Line.