UNIFIL peacekeepers and LAF train together on detecting mines and explosives
In September , UNIFIL Sector East conducted, two training courses on identifying and detecting mines and explosives, for both the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and UNIFIL personnel, at its base in Marjayoun in south-eastern Lebanon.
UNIFIL peacekeepers from Spain, India, Indonesia and Nepal took part at this training which was run by specialized personnel from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, serving as peacekeepers with UNIFIL’s Spanish contingent. The course, comprised theoretical and practical sessions aimed at sharing knowledge and skills as well as enhancing the participants’ capabilities in demining activities.
Theoretical sessions included learning about the different types of mines and ammunition, while practical sessions covered the use of personal protective equipment and the identification and detection of this type of explosive.
This training is one of several conducted with the LAF, in accordance with the Security Council resolution 1701, with the aim of supporting and enhancing their capabilities.
In Resolution 2591, adopted on 30 August renewing UNIFIL’s mandate for one more year, the Security Council requested UNIFIL to take “temporary and special measures” to extend support to the LAF, including logistical support. It also further called on UNIFIL and LAF to strengthen coordinated activities.