The Spanish engineering department leads the training on deactivation of explosives in southern Lebanon

The Indian, Nepalese and Indonesian battalions and the personnel of the sector from El Salvador and Serbia are trained with a basic course for bomb squadrons and explosives deactivators.

The EOD basic course, offered by the explosives deactivation team of the BRILIB XXXIV Engineers Unit, took place in the facilities of the Miguel de Cervantes base in Marjayoun (Lebanon) on the components of the contingents framed in the eastern sector. UNIFIL led by Spain: Spanish (including Serbian staff), Indian, Indonesian and Nepalese.

Participants took their first steps in the EOD world by receiving theoretical instructions on how to handle, transport, store explosives, and identify different types of ammunition, all accompanied by a range of practices, mainly related to mine clearance focused.

It is not the first time that these EOD specialists have carried out this type of collaboration. Some have even been professors at the Hoyo de Manzanares International Demining Center, but they are aware that every new activity of this kind presents a new challenge and a good opportunity to acquire knowledge. These conferences are another example of the good relationship and constant collaboration between the various UNIFIL contingents.

Given the extensive experience that Spain has in fighting all types of improvised explosive devices (IED), the second part of these sessions will be held next month, the Advanced EOD Course, which will address this type of threat every day armies are in in relation to the various scenarios abroad.

Finally, it should be noted that these collaborations, which have previously been carried out during other rotations, are usually carried out by the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). However, this year it was not possible in the countryside due to the difficult situation caused by COVID-19.

Photography: EOD basic course internships. (Defense staff)

Demining Practices.

Theoretically during the EOD course.

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