UNIFIL Sector East conducts joint hand-to-hand combat training with LAF
UNIFIL’s Sector East (SECEAST) today concluded a nine-day joint Hand-to-Hand combat training with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) at a UN position in Marjayoun.
The training, which focused on different theoretical and practical aspects of Hand-to-Hand combat training, was attended by 26 Lebanese soldiers and UNIFIL peacekeepers from Indian, Indonesian, Nepalese and Spanish contingents.
The UNIFIL peacekeepers and Lebanese soldiers exchanged professional skills and varied experiences covering a wide number of martial arts such as aikido, body movement, judo or boxing.
In his remarks at a closing ceremony, Chief of Staff of UNIFIL SECEAST Colonel David Cotoruelo said the training is “very useful” for every soldier “to understand and take actions maturely in case of any hand-to-hand self-defense situation.” He added that the training will build “stronger relationships and better coordination” between UNIFIL and LAF.
UNIFIL’s activities are carried out in close cooperation and coordination with the Lebanese Army, which is the UN Mission’s strategic partner, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution 1701. Joint trainings contribute to foster the mutual confidence and the level of understanding between the two forces.