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Lebanese army receives donations from Britain, UNIFIL

Lebanese army receives donations from Britain, UNIFIL

The Korean UNIFIL contingent donated armored tanks to the Lebanese army Tuesday. (Credit: @Lebarmy)

BEIRUT — The Lebanese army on Tuesday received international support from Britain and the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, whose last report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 identified a “necessity to support the country’s security institutions,” the state-run National News Agency reported.

Here’s what we know:

    • The army received 35,000 liters of fuel and 500kg of medical supplies as part of the first of six monthly shipments agreed on by the UN Security Council’s decision in August to take special, temporary measures to support the Lebanese military through food, fuel, medicine and logistics support over a six-month period. The first shipment will be completed after the distribution of a food shipment equivalent to a single daily meal for 27,000 people.

    • The secretary-general of the United Nations António Guterres expressed “worries over the diminished ability” of the army “to maintain operations” in a report on the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1701.

    • The army also accepted on Tuesday 10 armored vehicles from the Republic of Korea UNIFIL battalion as part of a cooperative agreement between the Korean and Lebanese armies.

    • The Korean peacekeepers also renovated the Sur military dispensary’s emergency wing, which has provided “a notable improvement to the level of health care received by military personnel and their families” Brig. Gen. Maroun Kobayati, acting as a representative for army commander Joseph Aoun, said. Kobayati thanked the Korean division’s leader Col. Dong Soo Moon for their support, who in turn assured him of continued “cooperation and support to the Lebanese army.”

    • After a meeting Tuesday between the ambassadors of Britain, the US and Canada and Lebanese army chief Aoun to discuss the security of the Lebanese-Syrian borders and ways to assist the Lebanese army there, the British Embassy announced in a statement that it had donated “an extra $1.4 million of Land Rover spare parts which the British government donated at the beginning of the year, as well as personal armor for the female soldiers stationed on the borders, with the aim of supporting the Lebanese army’s defense capacities.”

     • On Monday, the Lebanese army received 5 tons of “prepared food meals” from Germany. This donation was the latest in a string of international food donations to the army since it announced in June that it had removed meat from soldiers’ meals amid Lebanon’s economic crisis.


BEIRUT — The Lebanese army on Tuesday received international support from Britain and the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, whose last report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 identified a “necessity to support the country’s security institutions,” the state-run National News Agency reported.Here’s what we know:    • The army received 35,000...