The ‘green helmets’ were attacked on Tuesday night by unidentified perpetrators. United Nations vehicles were vandalized and official items stolen.
“Contrary to some of the media misinformation that followed, the peacekeepers were not photographed and were not on personal property. They are on their way to meet their Lebanese Armed Forces colleagues for a routine patrol,” said United Nations Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York on Thursday.
Peacekeepers deployed with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), was originally established in 1978 to confirm Israel’s withdrawal from the country.
The mission was greatly consolidated after fighting in 2006 to monitor the cessation of hostilities between Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
Freedom of movement
Mr. Dujarric said the denial of freedom of movement by UNIFIL and any act of aggression against those serving peaceful purposes is unacceptable and a violation of the Agreement on the Regulation of Forces between the two countries. United Nations and the Government of Lebanon.
UN Security Council He added, Resolution 1701, passed in 2006, requires the mission to have full and unfettered access throughout its entire area of operations.
“We call on all parties concerned to respect the peacekeepers’ right to freedom of movement, which is so important to the performance of UNIFIL’s mandate under Resolution 1701, and call on the authorities to Lebanon quickly and thoroughly investigates and prosecutes all those responsible for these crimes.”
Last month, UN Secretary General António Guterres conduct an official visit to Lebanon, which affirms solidarity with the people.
The country continues to face many challenges, including political upheaval, economic and financial crisis, and the devastating impact of the August 2020 explosion at the port in the capital, Beirut.