Lebanon: UN peacekeeping force tops 11,000
Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended 34 days of fighting in August, strengthened UNIFIL to a maximum of 15,000 troops and mandated a complete Israeli withdrawal, together with Lebanese army deployment in southern Lebanon.
On Monday, UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Alain Pellegrini held yet further “productive” talks with senior Lebanese and Israeli officers aimed at securing Israel’s withdrawal from the last position it occupies – the northern sector of Ghajar village located inside Lebanese territory across the Blue Line separating the two countries.
UNIFIL peacekeepers continued to provide humanitarian assistance to the local population, including medical, dental and veterinarian aid, the mission reported. Also over the past week UNIFIL de-miners destroyed 1,305 separate explosive devices. These included rockets, grenades and cluster bombs, bringing the total to 15,887 since the ceasefire came into effect on 14 August.