Irish Troops depart for peacekeeping duty in Lebanon.

200 members of the Defence Forces will deploy to Lebanon on Thursday, 23rd of June 2011 at 02.30am from Dublin Airport.

The deployment represents the first of two troop movements which will see a total of 440 members of the 104th Battalion taking up Peacekeeping duties with the UNIFIL mission. The second half of the Battalion will depart Ireland on the 27th of June 2011.  

An advance party of specialist personnel has been in the Lebanon since the end of May, preparing camp facilities and infrastructure for the 104th Battalion. 

The role of Irish troops in the UNIFIL mission will involve monitoring the cessation of hostilities, assisting the Lebanese Armed Forces (including extensive mobile patrolling throughout the Irish area of operations) and helping to ensure humanitarian access to the civilian population.

The Irish Area of Operations will measure some 140 Sq Km extending from Tibnin in Southern Lebanon to the Blue line along the border with Israel. The Irish contingent will occupy a large camp in the village of Tibnin, and two smaller posts along the Blue line with Israel.

The current strength of the UNIFIL force is 12,000 personnel drawn from a total of 31 Troop Contributing Nations. The mission is governed by UN Resolution 1701 under Chapter Six of the UN Charter.  

Irish officers first deployed to Lebanon as observers in 1958 as part of Observer Group Lebanon (OGL).

The first Irish Battalion to deploy to Lebanon departed in 1978, and in excess of 32,000 individual tours of duty were carried out until 2001.

A total of 47 Irish troops lost their lives in the cause of peace in Lebanon since 1978.

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Press Release Date: Wednesday 22 June, 2011

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