UNJLC Bulletin 9 - Lebanon Operation - 13 October 2006
Source UNJLC
Theme
Countries Lebanon
Document type Other
Publication date 14/10/2006

Highlights: 
  • Discussions between UNIFIL, the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) are ongoing over the final Israeli withdrawal from the border area of Gadjar and the completion of LAF deployment along the Blue Line in southern Lebanon.
  • Turkey will be deploying some 700 soldiers to the peacekeeping operation. A Turkish Navy frigate with 220 personnel will leave for Lebanon on Friday 13th October to serve in UN peacekeeping operations, to be followed shortly after by a unit of 260 military engineers.

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

1. Security: 

  • The IDF has provided UNIFIL with maps of previously existing minefields in southern Lebanon as of June 2000. These maps are now under review. The IDF has also provided some maps of general cluster strike locations but these are not specific enough to be of use to operators on the ground. It is hoped that more details will be forthcoming regarding the exact location, quantity and type of cluster munitions utilized during the conflict.
  • UNIFIL demining experts are voicing some concern about worsening weather since winter rains may cause the cluster bombs to sink into the ground, making them harder to detect. UNIFIL teams are working hard to clear as many explosives as possible before the winter season. Since the 14th August cessation of hostilities, UNIFIL's Chinese Battalion has surveyed over 140,000 square meters of areas suspected of having unexploded ordnance and cluster bomb units and destroyed over 3,800 such items. Additional demining activities are conducted by the French, Italian and Spanish battalions.

2. Operations Update: 

In line with the end of the emergency phase, reception of Cargo Movement Requests will cease at midday on October 20th and all transport will end that same evening.
Possible exceptions may be taken into consideration if these are addressed directly to Logistics Cluster management.

Cargo Movements:

During the last reporting week, convoys reached the following areas: Ynouch, Kfar Fila, Ghobeire, Qaouzah, Beit Lif, Ebel Es Saqi, Majdel Silim, Tair Debba, Yater, Tair Filsay, Hanine, Toura, Mhaidib, Aita Zott, Aita Ez Zott, Aita Ech Chaab, Qabrikha, Beirut, Nabatiyeh, Ouazzani, Markaba, Mansouri, Ain Baal, Batouliye, Bazouriye, Bori Ech Chemaly, Chaaitiyeh, Hanine, Rachaf, Mais El Jabal, Bir Es Sanassel, Tyre, Yarine, Debaal, Bafliye, Salaa, Khalde.  Detailed information on convoys can be found on the UNJLC website at: www.unjlc.org/lebanon/cargo/

A total of 1,546 MT of relief supplies were transported under the Logistics Cluster between 7th and 13th October.
973 MT of goods for UNICEF and 609 MT for WFP are currently pending movement through the Logistics Cluster before the end of the emergency phase of the operation.

UNJLC is continuing the tracking of food and non food item (NFI) distribution using the Joint Supply Tracker (JST), a system 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 latest JST report is available at www.unjlc.org/lebanon/supply

The charts in figure 1 are based on JST reports and shows goods moved for the Lebanon operation during the week 7th-13th October.

Web page updates:

The website remains one of UNJLC most effective ways of disseminating information. The following data shows the number of time that the Lebanon crisis page on the UNJLC website was viewed, during September 2006.

Operations or specific tools Lebanon Root page views % of Total UNJLC Root Page views
Lebanon 1 725 48.81%

Detailed statistics of the Lebanon opration shows that the  Map section of the webpage was highly visited. A total of 2,233 maps were downlaoded during the month of September, mainly maps regarding : general road map, transport overiew, unsafe areas in Beirut southern suburbs, hazard to movement in Bent Jbeil dustrict, bridges overiew and situation overvew.

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. In 17 of these cases, temporary solutions in the form of bailey bridges are now complete or underway. 7 have been donated and installed by the French Army (including the Beirut airport bridge), 6 by the Russian Army, and 3 were provided by the British with installation assistance from the Lebanese Ministry of Transport and Public Works. The Swiss have offered two semi-permanent steel bridges to be erected as overpasses. Italy, Germany and Egypt are currently considering similar proposals. Iran has signed up to repair most of the local roads in the south, including the key route from Tyre to Tibnine.
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 Hazard to its Hazard to Movement map series has been updated as of 12th October (A3 map series by districts/caza and A0 size for the whole country) to show all bridge locations and repairs along with the most up-to-date explosive hazards reported by the MACC-SL. Detailed information on UNJLC hazard to movement mapping is available at www.unjlc.org/lebanon/maps
Updated maps have been produced for food and non food item distribution as of 9thOctober. These have now been posted on the UNJLC/Logistics Cluster web page: www.unjlc.org/lebanon/maps.
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.