UNIFIL handed over a number of equipment and other accessories to the Naqoura Municipality, which hosts the UN Mission’s Headquarters in south Lebanon. This donation is part of UNIFIL’s broader effort to assist the local population and communities in the common fight against the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
As UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col said: “During these trying times, it’s imperative to care for one another.” And he added: “The unprecedented situation requires exceptional measures, maximum cooperation as well as a pro-active approach in assisting the local population that has welcomed us since 1978.”
The donated items today included 750 surgical masks, 10 N95 masks, 300 pairs of ordinary gloves, 30 pairs of heavy-duty gloves, 10 protective suites and 10 shoe covers.
After receiving the items, Mayor Abbass Awada thanked UNIFIL for the support while stressing that the Municipality is doing its best to contain the spread of the virus.
“This is the time to work all together shoulder-to-shoulder in fighting COVID-19,” he said. “The Municipality of Naqoura is continuing its efforts and measures aimed at fighting the spread of the virus and urges residents to stay home.”
On UNIFIL’s part, the Mission, from the very beginning of the virus outbreak, has taken all the necessary precautionary measures to prevent any infection of the virus among the Mission’s more than 11,000 military and civilian peacekeepers as well as the host populations.
Despite the difficult situation, UNIFIL continues to carry out its operational activities 24/7 in coordination with the LAF in order to ensure stability along the Blue Line.