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Lebanese President praises UAE stances

Posted on 27/10/2009

President of Lebanon General Michel Suleiman has extended thanks to the UAE for its stances towards Lebanon. He said relations between the two countries were excellent. This came as Suleiman received yesterday Rahma Al Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to Beirut and Abdullah al Ghafli, Deputy Director of UAE project for aiding Lebanon. Al Zaabi and Al Ghafli presented a plaque to President Suleiman, commemorating the achievement of the project to clear land mines and cluster bombs, implemented as part of ...  >>MORE

Operation Emirates Solidarity in Lebanon concluded

Posted on 22/10/2009

Beirut - The UAE Embassy in Lebanon celebrated the end of Operation Emirates Solidarity (OES), an initiative launched and partly funded and executed by the UAE to assist mine clearing in south Lebanon. The operation was conducted by the UAE Armed Forces in partnership with the government of Lebanon and the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre (MACC). Held under the auspices of Caretaker Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, the function was attended by a number of ministers, senior official ...  >>MORE

UAE de-mining projects clears 84 villages

Posted on 09/12/2007

Beirut - The UAE demining project in Lebanon has announced that it has cleared some 84 villages of land mines and cluster bombs in South Lebanon. The farming and settlement lands were handed over to rightful landlords in a ceremony attended by municipal and UN officials. Speaking on behalf of the Lebanese authorities, Salim Murad, Chairman of the Federation of Bint Jubail Municipalities paid tribute to the UAE President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his generous grant to Lebanon. ...  >>MORE

UAE mine experts clear 8 million square metres in Lebanon

Posted on 12/11/2007

Beirut - The UAE Project for Reconstruction and Support of Lebanon announced today that 8 million square metres in South Lebanon had been cleared of unexploded ordinance (UXO) since the start of Operation Emirates Solidarity in 2001 up to the end of October 2007. "Lands in south Lebanon have been cleaned up from unexploded mines and cluster bombs were handed out to their owners in the presence of mayors and representatives of UN Mine Action Coordination Centre,” said Colonel Saif Al Jabiri, ...  >>MORE

UAE de-mining batch in Lebanon to clear UXO

Posted on 07/11/2007

Beirut - The UAE Project for Support and Reconstruction of Lebanon announced Tuesday the arrival of the fifth team of UAE Armed Forces explosives engineers here to take part in the operation launched by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to demine the south of Lebanon from Unexploded Ordnance (UXO). A press release issued by the project said the new batch will join about 30 teams of experts who are currently operating under the Operation Emirates Solidarity (OSE) to clear 4 ...  >>MORE

UAE task force de-mines 7.5 m sqm of mine infested area in Southern Lebanon

Posted on 07/10/2007

Beirut - The administration of the UAE Project for Support and Reconstruction of Lebanon has made another achievement. The task force has succeeded in clearing 7.5 million square metres of the mine infested Southern Lebanon and have declared those areas free of mines and cluster bombs. According to Captain Ibrahim Ali Al Falahi, about 7.5 million square metres of land in Southern Lebanon had been cleared of mines, cluster bombs and other unexploded and dangerous projectiles since his group ...  >>MORE

UAE military field engineers arrive in Lebanon

Posted on 09/09/2007

Beirut – The 4th group of UAE armed forces field engineers arrived in Beirut for implementing the initiative of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in clearing areas of south Lebanon from mines and cluster bombs .The group will assume their duty to complete the mission of demining and clearing of bombs and unexploded projectiles started by the groups 1, 2 and 3 who managed to clear a number of villages and farms in Southern Lebanon . There are now 30 UAE teams with military field ...  >>MORE

De-mined lands handed over to Lebanese authority

Posted on 17/06/2007

Beirut - The UAE Project for Support and Reconstruction in Lebanon announced that new lands have been cleared from mines and handed out to their original owners as part of UAE President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan' s de-mining initiative. Major Abdullah Butti Al Shamsi, Commander of Field Engineering Company, handed Salim Al Haj, Mukhtar (Mayor) of Aramta Village a UN attested de-mining certificate for a lands spanning 5000 square meters. 'Aramata Village's successful de-mining ...  >>MORE

UAE demining team clears 28 Lebanese villages

Posted on 08/06/2007

Beirut - A demining team from the UAE Armed Forces working in Lebanon has handed over to Lebanese authorities 28 villages in southern Lebanon after successfully clearing the villages of landmines, cluster bombs and other dangerous explosives left behind by the Israeli army. Areas cleared by the team, which is part of the UAE Project for the Support and Construction of Lebanon, include farmlands and fields in a number of villages in Southern Lebanon. The administration of the Project has ...  >>MORE

More UAE demining personnel arrive in Lebanon

Posted on 16/05/2007

The third batch of UAE Armed Forces field engineering personnel arrived yesterday in the Lebanese capital joining operations already underway in Southern Lebanon. The new batch will take over from batch 1 and 2 to undertake demining operations in Southern Lebanon. UAE's current demining efforts in Lebanon are carried out within the UAE Programme to Support and Rebuild Lebanon and are line with the initiative launched last year by President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to clear ...  >>MORE

UAE demining project clear ten villages in S. Lebanon

Posted on 15/04/2007

Beirut - The UAE Project for Support and Reconstruction of Lebanon announced that ten villages in Southern Lebanon had been cleared from unexplosive ordinance. Demined lands and farms were handed to their owners in the presence of mayors and representatives of local authorities, Lebanese army and UN Mine Action Coordination Centre in Southern Lebanon. Villagers have paid tributes to the leadership and people of the UAE for their great efforts to clear their properties from mines and ...  >>MORE

Second batch of UAE's Mine-clearing unit arrive in Beirut

Posted on 18/03/2007

Beirut - The second batch of technicians from the Engineering Unit of the UAE Armed Forces arrived here Saturday to participate in the mine clearing operations. The group will soon join their colleagues in Southern Lebanon to clear the area from land mines and cluster bombs. The operations are being undertaken jointly by the UAE, Lebanon and the UN. The UAE and Lebanon signed an agreement a couple of years ago to de-mine South Lebanon. About five areas had been cleared when Israel unleashed ...  >>MORE

New batch to join de-mining operations in South Lebanon

Posted on 03/03/2007

Beirut - Some 22 officers and non-commissioned officers from the Engineering Unit of the UAE Armed Forces passed out here Friday, after completing a course on mine clearing operations. The group will soon join their colleagues in Southern Lebanon to clear the area from land mines and cluster bombs. The operations are being undertaken jointly by the UAE, Lebanon and the UN. Speaking at a graduation ceremony, Mohammed Sultan Al Suweidi, UAE ambassador to Lebanon said the efforts to clear ...  >>MORE

UAE President's initiative brings back life in South Lebanon

Posted on 27/02/2007

Beirut - The initiative of UAE President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to clear Southern Lebanon of mines and cluster bombs has brought a ray of hope to the people of the restive country who face the dangers of these unexploded ordnance left by the Israeli soldiers during the July 2006 war. The initiative, which is part of the UAE Programme for Supporting and Reconstruction of Lebanon, includes launching educative campaigns to educate people in the affected areas of the danger of ...  >>MORE

UAE Programme demines fields in Southern Lebanon

Posted on 14/02/2007

Beirut - The UAE Programme to Support and Rebuild Lebanon announced yesterday it has finished clearing mines and cluster bombs littering a number of villages in Southern Lebanon. The Programme's management said it has handed over demined land plots and farms to their landlords in Al Dallafa town in Hasbia district and Arabsaleem and Arnon villages in Nabathiya. The UAE demining team leader, Lt. Colonel Obeid Thani Al Dhaheri, said a surface area of 6,250 sq. metres was handed over to ...  >>MORE

UAE units accomplish demining operation in Southern Lebanon village

Posted on 23/12/2006

Beirut - UAE engineering unites have finished today clearing mines, defusing bombs and removing cluster bomblets and other types of unexploded munitions in Arnon and Qal'at Shqeef villages in Southern Lebanon, announced the UAE Programme to Support and Rebuild Lebanon. The said Programme is an initiative launched earlier this year by President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to clear Southern Lebanon of mines, cluster bomblets and blind bombs. The directorate of the Programme ...  >>MORE

Accomplishing demining Southern Lebanon operations in 15 months a top UAE priority

Posted on 12/11/2006

The deadline set for the UAE demining southern Lebanon operations is a top priority for the UAE Programme to Support and Rebuild Lebanon, Colonel Saif Jaber Al Alili, Chief of the UAE National Demining Commission (UAENDC) was quoted as saying by UAE Al Ittihad daily newspaper. UAENDC is tasked with clearing mines, defusing bombs and removing cluster bomblets and other types of unexploded munitions in Southern Lebanon and is set to accomplish the mission within the set period of 15 months, ...  >>MORE

Supported by the UAE, UN launches demining operation in Southern Lebanon

Posted on 14/10/2006

Beirut - Supported by the United Arab Emirates, the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Centre (UNMACC) is carrying out a large-scale demining operation to clear mines, defuse and remove cluster bomblets and other types of unexploded munitions in Southern Lebanon. Speaking about the UAE's role in the massive operation, UNMACC's media and post-clearance officer Dalia Farran was quoted by a report by Lebanese daily newspaper Al Anwar as saying "mine-clearing and removal of thousands of ...  >>MORE

New film on the 'Operation Emirates Solidarity' to be broadcast

Posted on 29/08/2004

A new film on the 'Operation Emirates Solidarity' demining programme in Southern Lebanon, entitled Lethal Legacy, is to be broadcast by the History Channel in the UK. The channel is part of the global History Channel network which reaches more than 200 million households, in over 70 countries and 20 languages. It is one of the world's most popular quality documentary channels and is known for its high-grade factual programmes. The moving and evocative film shows how thousands of mines that ...  >>MORE

UAE deminers visit UN Mine Action Centre

Posted on 05/06/2004

UAE deminers of the UAE-sponsored US$50 million Operation Emirates Solidarity (OES) visited last Thursday the Tyre-based Mine Action Coordination Centre (MACC) to discuss progress of the demining project. The team, led by Colonel Juma Al Junaibi, met Colonel Qasim Jamoul, commander of the Lebanese team at MACC and Chris Clark, UN Programme officers at MACC. The meeting reviewed progress of work on phase 111 of the project. Junaibi said over 62,000 unexploded mines and ordnance (UXO) were ...  >>MORE

UAE team ends demining mission in Lebanon

Posted on 22/05/2004

The mission of the sixth batch of the UAE Armed Forces in the Operation Emirates Solidarity for Demining South Lebanon, has come to a close. "The team has accomplished its mission quite satisfactorily and the results reached have been great and of importance not only to the Lebanese people only but to humanity as a whole", said Lt. Colonel Obeid Thani Al Dhahiri, the team commander. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

UAE demining team in Lebanon clears another 16000 mines

Posted on 05/11/2003

The UAE military team in Lebanon yesterday handed over another 400,000 square meters of land to the Lebanese Authorities after clearing 16000 mines. Major Abdullah Al Shamsi, Commander of the UAE Armed Forces' fifth contingent, said that the UAE-Lebanese Solidarity Project was a real translation of the humanitarian stances of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, expressing the determination of the UAE to continue the demining work until all mines were cleared. Talking at a ...  >>MORE

UAE deminers in Lebanon honoured

Posted on 07/09/2003

Beirut - The management of the Solidarity Operation Emirates for demining southern Lebanon yesterday honoured officers and soldiers of the fourth and fifth batches of the UAE armed forces, who took part in demining operations. At a special ceremony held in southern town of Sur last Friday, Major Rashid Khamis Al Aryani, officer-in-charge of the fifth batch, said the UAE solidarity operation covers an area of over 559km and 91 villages in Bint Jubail, Sur Margayoun and Hasbia districts. – (The ...  >>MORE

Third phase of UAE funded demining in Lebanon begins

Posted on 17/08/2003

The third phase of the UAE-funded US$50 million demining operation in southern Lebanon has kicked off, with the UAE unit actively engaged in the operations alongside other international bodies. The project, codenamed 'Operation Emirates Solidarity' has been initiated by the UAE, on the instructions of the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in response to the Lebanese government's request for support. The project aims at removing more than 600,000 mines left behind by ...  >>MORE

UAE dismantles 30,000 landmines in S. Lebanon

Posted on 27/07/2003

The UAE Armed Forces have dismantled more than 30,000 landmines in southern Lebanon as they push ahead with a clearance operation ordered by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to neutralise the hidden devices which have claimed hundreds of lives in the troubled region. Sheikh Zayed, declaring his commitment to the safety of the Lebanese people, donated US$50 million to finance the mine-clearing effort, codenamed "Operation Emirates Solidarity" and officials described the ...  >>MORE

Deminers begin new round of mission in South Lebanon

Posted on 15/07/2003

Beirut - Over 250 demining experts went to work in the eastern sector of south Lebanon on Monday to clear an estimated 18,000 mines spanning over 610,000 kms. The task force, working under the UAE-financed Operation Emirates Solidarity (OES) run by the UN, will rid areas including Marjaiyoun, Qalia and Balat, from mines sown by Israel during a 22-year-long occupation. OES began in late 2001 focused on locating those clusters of mines, and beginning the logistical preparations for uprooting ...  >>MORE

Lebanon minister hails Zayed efforts on landmines

Posted on 12/06/2003

Lebanon's Minister for State, Dr Ali Hassan Khaleel, has praised the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, for his efforts and initiatives in liberating Lebanon from the menace of landmines. The Minister, in a lecture at Zayed International Centre for Coordination and Follow-up, said: "Sheikh Zayed is the liberator of Lebanon. He has contributed immensely in removing mines from South Lebanon and has freed the people of Lebanon from despair and fear." Giving statistics, ...  >>MORE

Lebanon, UN pay tribute to UAE

Posted on 14/12/2002

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's gesture to contribute towards clearing south Lebanon of landmines was highly appreciated by the Lebanese government and people. Sheikh Zayed attached great importance to clearing south Lebanon of landmines to help rehabilitate it and assist the people to return to their homes an fields and resume rebuilding and producing in peace. The Lebanese Ministry of Defence and the UAE Embassy in Lebanon in co-operation with the Office of the UN ...  >>MORE

Tree-for-landmine plan progressing well : UN official

Posted on 12/12/2002

Beirut - A senior UN official has said that a plan to plant a tree in place of every landmine in Southern Lebanon has made good progress. The plan, supported by the United Arab Emirates and a number of international agencies, is part of Operation Emirates Solidarity to demine Southern Lebanon following Israeli withdrawal from the region over two and half years ago. Staffan de Mestura, the Personal Representative of the UN Secretary General for Southern Lebanon, said the demining project has now ...  >>MORE

Zayed praised for help in landmine clearance project

Posted on 15/11/2002

The initiative for the implementation of the $50-million project for clearance of land mines in Southern Lebanon, was a unique humanitarian deed that reflects the nobility and generosity of the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, said Najla Mustafa Saad, widow of the Palestinian martyr Mustafa Saad, Leader of Quwwat Nasir or Al Nasir Forces, which is affiliated to Nasserite Correction Movement in Lebanon. Speaking at the Zayed Centre for Coordination and Follow-Up ...  >>MORE

UN lauds UAE's de-mining campaign in Lebanon

Posted on 14/08/2002

Beirut - The United Nations has hailed achievements reached so far by the UAE in its campaign to clear Southern Lebanon of mines left behind by Israeli troops before their pull-out from the Lebanese territories. In a meeting he held here today with UAE ambassador to Beirut Mohammed Hamad Omran, UN Secretary General Personal Representative in Lebanon Staffan De Mistura conveyed greetings of UN Secretary General Koffi Anan to the UAE Solidarity team which is engaged in the de-mining campaign. ...  >>MORE

Abdullah in Lebanon for UAE-Lebanese Solidarity Project ceremony

Posted on 28/05/2002

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture, arrived in Beirut yesterday to attend a ceremony being held on the inauguration of the second phase of UAE-Lebanese Solidarity Project for demining liberated Lebanese areas. Sheikh Abdullah was received by his Lebanese Defence Minister Khalil Al Hirawi, Information Minister Ghazi Al Aridi and Mohammed Hamad Omran, UAE Ambassador to Lebanon. Sheikh Abdullah will tour a number of liberated villages and will inspect the ...  >>MORE

UAE to take up demining project in Lebanon

Posted on 03/04/2002

The UAE Armed Forces yesterday began sorting out tenders submitted by 10 companies for the project "Operation Emirates Solidarity”, a UAE sponsored US$50 million project for demining Lebanon. The UAE Armed Forces are at present involved in several humanitarian projects in war stricken regions. These include Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Kosovo and an airport in Albania. Around 130,000 landmines were planted by Israelis before they withdrew the occupation forces from the region around two years ...  >>MORE

Second phase of de-mining South Lebanon begins

Posted on 06/03/2002

The second phase of de-mining operations in Southern Lebanon commenced here today, with the UAE unit actively engaged in the operations alongside other international bodies. Lt. Colonel Fahad Al Qitbi, head of the UAE unit involved in the operation, toured several areas of Southern Lebanese studded with mines, ahead of the actual de-mining process due to begin within the coming few weeks. The current phase is part of a grand operation for which the UAE allocated $ 50 million to clear the ...  >>MORE

Operation Emirates Solidarity for Demining South Lebanon launched

Posted on 27/10/2001

A project aimed at boosting demining efforts in south Lebanon has been jointly launched by the Lebanese Ministry of Defence and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Lebanon in cooperation with the Office of the UN Secretary-General's Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon. The launching of "Operation Emirates Solidarity," was announced during a press conference at the UN House, Beirut, which was attended by Lebanon's Minister of Defence, Khalil Hrawi, UAE Ambassador to Lebanon, ...  >>MORE

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Lebanese President praises UAE stances


Operation Emirates Solidarity in Lebanon concluded


UAE de-mining projects clears 84 villages


UAE mine experts clear 8 million square metres in Lebanon


UAE de-mining batch in Lebanon to clear UXO


UAE task force de-mines 7.5 m sqm of mine infested area in Southern Lebanon


UAE military field engineers arrive in Lebanon


De-mined lands handed over to Lebanese authority


UAE demining team clears 28 Lebanese villages


More UAE demining personnel arrive in Lebanon


UAE demining project clear ten villages in S. Lebanon


Second batch of UAE's Mine-clearing unit arrive in Beirut


New batch to join de-mining operations in South Lebanon


UAE President's initiative brings back life in South Lebanon


UAE Programme demines fields in Southern Lebanon


UAE units accomplish demining operation in Southern Lebanon village


Accomplishing demining Southern Lebanon operations in 15 months a top UAE priority


Supported by the UAE, UN launches demining operation in Southern Lebanon


New film on the 'Operation Emirates Solidarity' to be broadcast


UAE deminers visit UN Mine Action Centre


UAE team ends demining mission in Lebanon


UAE demining team in Lebanon clears another 16000 mines


UAE deminers in Lebanon honoured


Third phase of UAE funded demining in Lebanon begins


UAE dismantles 30,000 landmines in S. Lebanon


Deminers begin new round of mission in South Lebanon


Lebanon minister hails Zayed efforts on landmines


Lebanon, UN pay tribute to UAE


Tree-for-landmine plan progressing well : UN official


Zayed praised for help in landmine clearance project


UN lauds UAE's de-mining campaign in Lebanon


Abdullah in Lebanon for UAE-Lebanese Solidarity Project ceremony


UAE to take up demining project in Lebanon


Second phase of de-mining South Lebanon begins


Operation Emirates Solidarity for Demining South Lebanon launched