Tributes paid to fallen Indian peacekeeper

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25 Jul 2019

Tributes paid to fallen Indian peacekeeper

Earlier this month, UNIFIL lost one of its peacekeepers, from India. On 16 July, the Mission’s leadership, representatives of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and fellow peacekeepers paid their last respect to Sergeant Ramesh Singh, who died of medical conditions on 10 July.

UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col led the send-off ceremony at the Rafiki Hariri International Airport in Beirut.

Major General Del Col expressed his sincere gratitude to Sgt Singh, awarded him with the UN Medal posthumously for his dedicated service for the peace and stability in south Lebanon. He said that UNIFIL and Lebanon will always be indebted for his sacrifice.

A LAF representative, Colonel Pierre Abou Haider, awarded him a Lebanese medal posthumously.

Sgt Ramesh Singh was a dedicated soldier who always kept his duty above the rest. Born on 22 May 1976, Sgt Singh proudly served for over 20 years with perseverance and dedication until his untimely demise in Lebanon. He had arrived in Lebanon to serve with UNIFIL on 4 May 2019.

He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

UNIFIL Sector East Commander Brigadier General Rafael Colomer Martinez Del Peral wished peace for his soul and strength for his family that should be proud of his service to the cause of international peace and security.

Since UNIFIL’s establishment in 1978, over 300 peacekeepers have died while serving for peace in south Lebanon.