BEIRUT, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on Friday carried out a combined live firing exercise in south Lebanon, the UNIFIL said in a press release.
The exercise, named "Neptune Thunder", was held one km south of UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura in south Lebanon. It was conducted by the Field Artillery Battle Group of the Quick Reaction Force ( QRF) of UNIFIL with the LAF, the press release said.
This combined exercise is directed at improving the skills and expertise of the battle groups, to maintain their efficiency and mutual knowledge. During the exercise, the battle group fired several rounds of artillery at targets located off the coastline.
Mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and with more than 13,500 members, the UNIFIL carries peacekeeping mission in south Lebanon bordering Israel after the 2006 conflict between the Jewish state and the Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah.