Lebanese army strengthens presence in south
Units from the Lebanese army's fifth brigade started to arrive in towns in southern Lebanon's western and central sectors as part of attempts to consolidate other units deployed in the area south of the Litani river. Beirut-based An Nahar daily reported on Tuesday the deployment began at midnight Sunday and lasted till 1:00 pm Monday. The newspaper added that the deployment would consolidate the 11th army brigade. Some of the units were settled in the towns of Aita al-Shaab, Beit Lif, al-Qawzah and Ramaya.
French Ambassador Denis Pietton stated on Monday that the deployment would be appreciated by all partners of Lebanon participating in UNIFIL.