Irish troops in Lebanon to return home at the end of next month after Covid-19 delay

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Irish troops currently on deployment in Lebanon are to return home in two batches towards the end of June, it has been confirmed by the Defence Forces.

The 115th Infantry Battalion has been on a United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) deployment for six months but its replacement has been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

On 5th April, the United Nations Secretary General directed the suspension of all rotations and leave for military personnel serving in UN missions until 30th June.

This had led to a lack of clarity for Defence Forces members and their families as to when the current troops could be replaced. The originally planned dates were 12th and 19th May.