LEBANON / RENOVATED MEDICAL FACILITIES

25-Jun-2021 00:01:57
On Thursday, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Sector West Command and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) opened a newly renovated medical facility with UNIFIL support within the main LAF barracks in Tyre, south Lebanon. UNIFIL
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STORY: LEBANON / RENOVATED MEDICAL FACILITIES
TRT: 01:57
SOURCE: UNIFIL
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ITALIAN / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 25 JUNE 2021, TYRE, LEBANON
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, entrance of LAF Medical Facility (Ambulatory) within Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) barracks
2. Med shot, ribbon cutting ceremony of UNIFIL and LAF Representatives to inaugurate the rehabilitation of medical facility
3. Med shot, UNIFIL and LAF Representative touring the medical facility
4. Zoom out, plaque for the LAF Medical Facility
5. Various shots, UNIFIL and LAF representatives touring LAF Medical Facility and pharmacy
6. SOUNDBITE (Italian) Brigadier General Davide Scalabrin, Sector West Commander, UNIFIL:
“For me it is a real pleasure to be here today and to return here after a few months to see this place transformed. Italy supports, and the Italian contingent supports – and will continue to support – the LAF in their current situation and in the context of the economic crisis. And in recent months we have carried out the renovation of this beautiful clinic. This is only one of the symbols of the close relationship we have with the LAF of the South Litani Sector, and of the work we do together every day, and of the support we are providing now and, in the future, so that we can continue working together for the security of south Lebanon. I am very pleased that this newly renovated structure will serve the soldiers of the LAF, their families, and their relatives in a difficult moment that the one Lebanon is experiencing today. UNIFIL Sector West and the Italian Contingent are, and will remain, at your side and will share times of joy, times of work, and even the less happy times like the ones our young Italian soldiers have experienced alongside young Lebanese soldiers.”
7. Med shot, participants listening
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Brigadier General Maroun Al-Qobayati, Commander Representative, Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF):
“The importance of this donation lies not only in its material value, but also in its humanitarian value, as it includes the implementation of works and restoration for the Tyre barracks clinic, which benefits a large number of civilians and military personnel.”
9. Med shot, participants listening
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Brigadier General Maroun Al-Qobayati, Commander Representative, Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF):
“The cooperation between the military institution and UNIFIL under Resolution 1701 constitutes the basis for peace in the south, which we see clearly in the level of close coordination between the two sides, and in the effectiveness of the operational execution of joint patrols and missions, which directly contributes to preserve stability in the area and to maintain immediate follow-up on incidents, to quickly address them before they escalate. On the other hand, these efforts have a special place in the hearts of the people of the South, who see our cooperation as a cause for reassurance, after they have long suffered from the attacks of the Israeli enemy. They feel deep respect and appreciation for UNIFIL soldiers, particularly the Italian contingent, for the great sacrifices they make while carrying out their missions.”
11. Pan right, pharmacy at LAF Medical Facility
STORYLINE
On Thursday (24 Jun), the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Sector West Command and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) opened a newly renovated medical facility with UNIFIL support within the main LAF barracks in Tyre, south Lebanon.

The facility, refurbished with financial support from UNIFIL’s Italian Battalion (ITALBATT), will benefit around 20,000 people, mostly LAF officers, soldiers, and their families.

At the ceremony in the LAF’s South Litani Sector (SLS) Headquarters in Tyre, UNIFIL Sector West Commander Brigadier General Davide Scalabrin and LAF SLS Commander Brigadier General Maroun Al-Qobayati jointly inaugurated the facility, which underwent a two-month facelift.

The ambulatory care centre contains a dental clinic, general health clinics, a gynaecology clinic, cardiovascular clinics, and a pharmacy that provides free medication. UNIFIL’s Italian peacekeepers have also donated a number of medicines and painkillers to the pharmacy.

Brigadier General Scalabrin reassured the LAF of continued UNIFIL support.

SOUNDBITE (Italian) Brigadier General Davide Scalabrin, Sector West Commander, UNIFIL:
“For me it is a real pleasure to be here today and to return here after a few months to see this place transformed. Italy supports, and the Italian contingent supports – and will continue to support – the LAF in their current situation and in the context of the economic crisis. And in recent months we have carried out the renovation of this beautiful clinic. This is only one of the symbols of the close relationship we have with the LAF of the South Litani Sector, and of the work we do together every day, and of the support we are providing now and, in the future, so that we can continue working together for the security of south Lebanon. I am very pleased that this newly renovated structure will serve the soldiers of the LAF, their families, and their relatives in a difficult moment that the one Lebanon is experiencing today. UNIFIL Sector West and the Italian Contingent are, and will remain, at your side and will share times of joy, times of work, and even the less happy times like the ones our young Italian soldiers have experienced alongside young Lebanese soldiers.”

Brigadier General Al-Qobayati stated that the new collaboration between UNIFIL and LAF only deepens their relationship in south Lebanon.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Brigadier General Maroun Al-Qobayati, Commander Representative, Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF):
“The importance of this donation lies not only in its material value, but also in its humanitarian value, as it includes the implementation of works and restoration for the Tyre barracks clinic, which benefits a large number of civilians and military personnel.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Brigadier General Maroun Al-Qobayati, Commander Representative, Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF):
“The cooperation between the military institution and UNIFIL under Resolution 1701 constitutes the basis for peace in the south, which we see clearly in the level of close coordination between the two sides, and in the effectiveness of the operational execution of joint patrols and missions, which directly contributes to preserve stability in the area and to maintain immediate follow-up on incidents, to quickly address them before they escalate. On the other hand, these efforts have a special place in the hearts of the people of the South, who see our cooperation as a cause for reassurance, after they have long suffered from the attacks of the Israeli enemy. They feel deep respect and appreciation for UNIFIL soldiers, particularly the Italian contingent, for the great sacrifices they make while carrying out their missions.”

UNIFIL-LAF cooperation is at the core of the peacekeeping mission’s mandate under Security Council Resolution 1701.
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