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UNIFIL Lebanon, Italy: water tank in school

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Italian peacekeepers based on Alpina Taurinense Brigade have completed the construction of a covered cistern for collecting rainwater in the school of Ayta Ash Sha’b, in South Lebanon, attended by disabled children.

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The project, carried out by the joint task force within the civil military cooperation, pursues the objectives set by Resolution 1701 for the improvement of living conditions in Lebanese villages. It has been realized thanks to the Italian funds dedicated to the development of civil and military cooperation projects.

The work just inaugurated allows better operation and rationalization of institute water resources, devoided of water tanks, thus confirming the excellent relationships existing between local population and Italian peacekeepers.

Protagonist of the delivering, the Alpine Taurinense Brigade, maneuver unit of the Italian Army deployed in Lebanon since about a month in UNIFIL mission. For the first time, our soldiers operate in bi-national and non-permanent Italo-French conformation. The inaugural ceremony was attended by the commander of the Western Sector of UNIFIL and of Italian contingent, civil and religious authorities of the village including mayor Youssefi Srour, elders and school teachers of Ayta Ash Sha’b. All them expressed appreciation and gratitude for the work done.
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UNIFIL, Italy: new soccer field in Jinnata

Sustaining population, developing socio-cultural integration and fighting poverty. The construction of a soccer field in the Jinnata Lebanese municipality, near the city Tiro city, reflects these objectives.

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The sport facility was completed by the Italian contingent operating in the UNIFIL Sector West, the Alpina Taurinense Brigade, and delivered to the population during a groundbreaking ceremony. The event was attended by numerous Lebanese authorities, including the “Quaemaquan” Tyre Jaffal Mohammed Ali, the president of Tiro municipality, Abed Al Mohsen al Houssayini and the mayor of the municipality.

Supervised by specialists of the Multinational CIMIC Group, the project was carried out thanks to the Italian funds allocated for the development of the civil and military cooperation. In accordance with the objectives established by Resolution 1701, to support and improve the living conditions of the southern Lebanon people, the Sector West commander has highlighted the importance of “confidence building”, the process of trust and transparency bulding based on mutual co-operation between all actors in south Lebanon.
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UNIFIL Lebanon: artificers’ workshop

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The workshop for UN EOD teams (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) occurs today in the Lebanese military base of the municipality of Dibil. It has been organized by the Finnish-Irish Battalion, employed by UNIFIL Sector West.

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The activity is aimed to increase the interoperability of peacekeepers involved in EOD, a delicate operation to be carried out in a few minutes in case of discovery of bombs or of finding of the infamous IEDs, handcrafted improvised explosive devices, which deactivation is extremely complex. In addition to fulfilling their specific task, the bomb squad of UNIFIL assist the Lebanese Army team with skills and sophisticated materials.

The teams of 8 different nations participate in the international comparison: Italy, Ireland, Finland, China, Malaysia, Spain, Estonia and Cambodia. The occasion allowed the militaries to compare equipment and materials and to allow an exchange of information which is essential for the profession of artifice, continuously updated.

The know-how sharing and the consolidation of a collaborative spirit are fundamental prerogatives of the Lebanon peacekeeping mission. The Italian contingent is made up of specialized units of the Taurinense Brigade – part of to the 32° Engineers Regiment of Turin – who lead the Sector West in the south of the country. These same soldiers ensure the operations on ordnance in Italy: about 150 bombs were found in the regions of Piemonte, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta.
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