UNIFIL Lebanon mission: operational activities and protective measures.
The mission continues with every precaution to prevent the spread of the virus.
“The health emergency must not distract us from our primary tasks: security in the south of Lebanon and control of the Blue Line”. These were the words of the Division General DEL COL, Head of Mission and Force Commander of the Blue Helmets in Lebanon. "Prevention is the best weapon” the General reminded each peacekeeper in an awareness-raising campaign aimed at over 11000 UNIFIL men and women at the end of March."
In the city of Shama, headquarters of the Sector West commanded by Brigadier General Fulco, continue patrols on the Blue Line, does not stop neither support nor activities in close coordination with the LAF (Lebanese Armed Forces) call at this time to a capillary control of the territory.
The peacekeepers of the UNIFIL mission continue their mission by implementing all the precautions aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.
Hygiene measures, the use of personal protective equipment and constant compliance with health regulations do not stop the spirit of service that animates not only the Italian military, but all the soldiers of the 45 contributing countries.
The Italian blue helmets operating in the Sector West with their service respect the mandate received from the United Nations, a way also to be close to colleagues in Italy, called to cope with the pandemic emergency.
In the daily life of their service our soldiers have increased their safety with the use of masks, gloves and sanitizing gel. At the entrance of the United Nation Position, the bases of UNIFIL, is detected the body temperature of all personnel, civil and military, first screening to highlight any infected. Gatherings are avoided and hygiene standards are carefully respected.
Even in Lebanon the COVID-19 emergency has changed the way we deal with every single day, but this does not affect the sense of duty and service of the military. The Italian pride, also passes from Lebanon.