UNIFIL - LAF joint artillery exercise will be held on 2 April 2009 at 2 PM
Media are invited on Thursday, 2nd April at 2:00 pm to attend a live fire exercise conducted by the Field Artillery Group of the Quick Reaction Force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with the Lebanese Armed Forces 65th Artillery Battalion.
The exercise will be held 1 km south of UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura in southern Lebanon.
This common exercise is directed at honing the skills and expertise of the battle groups, to maintain their efficiency and mutual knowledge.
During the exercise, the battle group will fire several rounds of artillery at targets located off the coastline
The common shelling exercise is the fourth of its kind. The first such joint exercise was conducted by UNIFIL and LAF in December 2008.
Limiting any potential disturbance to the local population is a priority in planning the exercise. To this end, the targets will be located at sea in order to limit noise to any inhabited area.
The safety at sea is provided by UNIFIL Maritime Task Force and Lebanese ships.
Journalists attending are requested to arrive at UNIFIL HQ Naqoura (Visitor's gate) by 1:15 pm. From UNIFIL will provide transportation to the location of the exercise.
For further information, please contact:
UNIFIL Public Information Office:
Tel.: +961 1 825037 (office); +961 70926950 (cell)
Fax: +961 1 827 016
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