Military exercises take place at Glen of Imaal ahead of Irish soldiers deployment to Lebanon

Soldiers at Coolmooney Camp in the Glen of Imaal were seen carrying out military exercises ahead of their deployment to Lebanon.

Irish soldiers will be deployed to Southern Lebanon in order to protect civilians and to support the Lebanese government and their armed forces by patrolling alongside them as conflict between Israel and Hezbollah militants intensifies.

There are growing fears that conflict between Israel and Hamas could cause disruption in other areas in the Middle East.

Around 334 Irish personnel will be deployed to the United Nation Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) next month.

While this is a peace-keeping mission, the Irish Defence Forces have stated that they must be prepared for any and all possibilities, including combat, which is why the military exercises have taken place at The Glen of Imaal.

Members of the Irish Defence Forces were, among other exercises, seen testing a heat-seeking weapon known as The Javelin. The Javelin is an American-made anti-tank system that has been used extensively in the war between Russia and Ukraine, but came into prominence during the Iraq war in 2003.

The Irish Defence Forces have also played an integral role in supporting communities in Cork following the disasterous Storm Babet that has left homes and businesses destroyed.

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