A total of 650 Spanish soldiers, or 10,587 people from 40 countries, were separately deployed on Lebanon’s southern border, which since Friday has experienced an increase in tension due to Hamas bombing of Israel. They are all part of the peacekeeping mission of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.
One of the main objectives of the mission is to monitor the cessation of hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel, in addition to accompanying and assisting the Lebanese Armed Forces in the south of the country and throughout the Blue Line, which is the border established by the UN in 2000 to separate the two countries. This mission is deployed in two sectors, east and west. Since January, the Spanish Division General has been leading the East Aroldo Lázaro.
Despite Israel’s response to the attacks, this time, as reported by the mission on its Twitter account, the military maintained its positions, although others did so. from shelters “for their own safety”. This morning, as they explained, “Unifil peacekeepers detected several rockets fired from southeast Lebanon towards the territory occupied by Israel in the general area of Kafr Chouba, and the artillery fire from Israel to Lebanon in response.”
The mission is “in contact with the authorities on both sides of the Blue Line at all levels” with the intention of “containing the situation and avoiding a worse development”. At the same time, they asked the parties for restraint and to trust them to activate “de-escalation mechanisms so that there is no rapid deterioration of security conditions.”