Members of the Irish 104 Battalion serving in Lebanon received their medals for their service in the United Nations Interim Mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL) last week. The troops were presented with their medals by the UNIFIL Force Commander Spanish Major General Albero Arsata Cuevas and Acting general officer Commanding the 4 Western Brigade Colonel Gerald Aherne.
The role of Irish troops in the UNIFIL mission involves monitoring the cessation of hostilities, assisting the Lebanese Armed Forces and helping to ensure humanitarian access to the civilian population.
The Irish Area of Operations measures some 140 Sq Km extending from Tibnin in Southern Lebanon to the Blue line along the border with Israel. The 104 Battalion will complete their tour of duty in November of this year when they will be replaced by the 105 Battalion .