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The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and the Lebanese army conducted on Wednesday a joint live fire exercise in southern Lebanon.

The Field Artillery Group, part of UNIFIL’s Quick Reaction Force, and army Artillery took part in the exercise named “Neptune Thunder” in an area about one kilometer south of UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura.

UNIFIL Chief of Staff Brigadier-General Xavier de Woillemont stressed the importance of cooperation and coordination between UNIFIL and army, saying the exercise falls in the context of enhancing these combined efforts.

“This joint exercise is a good opportunity for both UNIFIL and the Lebanese army to further strengthen their cooperation and mutual knowledge,” the Chief of Staff said.

“To maintain their efficiency, it is important for military units to constantly hone their skills and expertise through regular training,” he added.

The targets were located at sea in order to limit noise to any inhabited area.

The safety at sea was provided by Lebanese Navy ships supported by the UNIFIL Maritime Task Force. Naharnet

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