British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher said that the Defenders are being sent to provide the Land Border Regiments with vital off-road capability. ‘We are proud to be supporting the Lebanese Army on the 70th anniversary of Lebanon's Independence Day. This vital British kit comes in response to needs identified by the Lebanese Armed Forces.’
The news follows Tuesday’s bombing of the Iranian Embassy in Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut, leading to fears that the war in Syria is beginning to engulf Lebanon as well.
A further 94 vehicles will follow before the end of the year, along with 1500 sets of body armour, Hesco bastion ballistic protection and observation equipment. The provisions form part of a £10 million 'train and equip' program to strengthen the Land Border Regiments of the Lebanese Armed Forces.