UNJLC Bulletin 10 - Lebanon Operation - 20 October 2006
Source UNJLC
Theme
Countries Lebanon
Document type Other
Publication date 20/10/2006
Highlights: 
  • The UN Interim Force in Lebanon now has 7,200 soldiers on the ground, including a contingent of 1,500 Germans as part of the taskforce designated to protect Lebanon's maritime boundary.
  • On 15th October, this German UNIFIL Maritime Task Force took over from the Interim Maritime Task Force previously led by Italy. The Task Force will support the Lebanese Navy in monitoring its territorial waters, securing the Lebanese coastline and preventing arms smuggling.

Contents:
1.    Security
2.    Operational Updates: Cargo Movement
3.    Infrastructure
4.    Mapping

1. Security: 

  • 770 cluster bomb strike locations have been identified so far in the south of Lebanon. Approximately 85% of southern Lebanon has now been assessed for cluster bomb strikes. It is still estimated that 12 - 15 months will be required to clear all the unexploded cluster bomblets. In the meantime, these will continue to pose a threat to returnees, humanitarian workers, and the deployment of an expanded UNIFIL force. In addition, there are an estimated 15,300 other items of unexploded ordnance on the ground in southern Lebanon.
  • So far, over 45,000 cluster bomblets have been cleared and destroyed by the Mine Action Coordination Centre South Lebanon (MACC SL), UNIFIL engineers and the Lebanese Armed Force (LAF). Overall clearance, explosive ordnance disposal and information gathering are being carried out by the Lebanese Army, UNIFIL, NGOs (Mines Advisory Group and the SRSA) and the commercial firm BACTEC which has been contracted by the UN Office for Project Services.

2. Operations Update: 

On the 20th October, In line with the end of the emergency phase, reception of Cargo Movement Requests ceased at midday and all transport through the Logistics Cluster ended that same evening.
UNJLC operations in Lebanon will cease by the end of next week. UNJLC would like to thank all UNJLC staff deployed in the different field locations and at the Core Unit in Rome for the support and hard work offered during the Lebanon relief operation. Special thanks go to the cooperating partners which assisted UNJLC in the fulfilment of its duties.  These include UNICEF, the Technisches Hilfswerk (THW), the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation's (VVAF) and UNHCR. Appreciation also goes to WFP and Logistic Cluster cooperation.  Further details on partners assistance to UNJLC activities are available on www.unjlc.org/lebanon
 
Cargo Movements:

A total of 20 548 MT of cargo transport was carried out through the Logistics Cluster over the three different bases serving the operation (Lebanon, Syria and Cyprus) since the beginning of the support activities. The chart below based on UNJLC JST reports shows the percentage of cargo transit for Lebanon, Syria and Cyprus. 

The chart in image 1 based on Joint Supply Tracker (JST) system reports shows the weekly activities of the 4 different Consolidating and Loading Points (CLPs) established for the operation. As previously mentioned the JST system was developed in collaboration with UNICEF staff.
 
Purposes of the JST are to:

  1. Increase pipeline visibility and transparency;
  2. Track NFI from Consolidating and Loading Points (CLPs) up to Extended Delivery Point (EDP);
  3. Prioritize supply movements in accordance with needs in the field.

The last JST report will be available at www.unjlc.org/lebanon/supply on Monday, 23rd August.

The chart in image 2 shows Logistics Cluster transport activity through the course of the Lebanon operation.

3. Infrastructure:

With further consolidation of damage information, the current figure of bridges, culverts, overpasses, underpasses, interchanges and retaining walls which suffered severe damage during the 34-day conflict has now been revised to 95. Temporary solutions in the form of bailey bridges are now complete or underway: the 7 bridges donated and installed by the French Army (including the Beirut airport bridge) and 1 donated by the British are now operational. The number of donors for the rehabilitation project developed together with the Ministry of Public Work is now 61.
For full details on transport infrastructure repairs and a breakdown of current donors please see www.unjlc.org/lebanon.
Detailed information on UNJLC support to reconstruction activities of the Ministry of Public works and transport is available at www.unjlc.org/lebanon.

4. Mapping:

The UNJLC GIS unit is in the process of finishing all final maps for the Lebanon operation. Maps summarizing food and non food items distributed through the Logistics Cluster will be released as of 20th October in line with the final common cargo transport data. By mid-next week, maps will also be produced of all available agency and NGO NFI distribution which took place independently of Logistics Cluster transport. The country level Hazard to Movement map (A0) has been updated as of 19th October with the latest infrastructure damage data from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and UXO hazard information from MACC SL. Bridge damage fact sheets for all 96 sites needing repair have been published on the UNJLC website at www.unjlc.org/lebanon.

UNJLC's work in support of the Lebanese government in bridge repair prioritization was concluded with the transfer of the bridge damage database to the Ministry of Transport and Public Works. A copy of this application has also been provided to UNDP.

All UNJLC maps are available for download at www.unjlc.org/lebanon/maps/, in hard copy at UNJLC's Beirut office (floor 7, Movenpick Hotel) and at the HIC office in Tyre.