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BEIRUT, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Lebanese Armed Forces concluded on Friday a five-day live fire exercise near the UNIFIL's headquarters in the southern city of Naqoura, according to a statement by the UNIFIL.

The Steel Storm drill, led by UNIFIL's Force Commander's Reserve and conducted between the two forces twice a year, involved armored assets, machine guns and small arms live fire, the statement said.

The UNIFIL peacekeepers from Finland, France, Ghana, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Ireland, Italy India, Indonesia, Nepal and Spain joined the exercise.

Under Security Council Resolution 1701, the UN mission supports the Lebanese Armed Forces in providing security and stability in southern Lebanon through coordinated activities such as drills and other ways.

"Coordinated activities help build capacity and help the Lebanese Armed Forces and UNIFIL better work together to maintain security in the south," the UNIFIL statement explained.

In 2020 alone, 1,070 coordinated activities, including exercises, training programs and workshops, were carried out both on land and at sea, according to the statement.

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