Two hundred sixty-one Turkish troops arrived in Lebanon via air and sea transport on Oct. 20. They will serve under the command of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to help rebuild the country.
The troops were settled in the southern Lebanese village of Shaitiya. They will first pitch temporary refugee tents and then tents designed for winter.
The unit will be ready to serve by Oct. 27.
Turkish troops are reportedly not assigned to any duty for the next three weeks.
The troops will be requested for upcoming tasks by the UNIFIL commander.
'Ottomans' Back in Lebanon After 88 Years
The Lebanese press published many stories on the arrival of Turkish troops.
He presence of the troops was mostly welcomed, while Le Orient Le Jour newspaper, published in French, wrote "Turkish troops are in Lebanon 88 years after the demise of the Ottoman Empire."
Following the arrival of the first group of military engineers, the remaining Turkish troops, which will join the international peacekeeping forces in southern Lebanon, also arrived in Beirut on Friday afternoon.
The group, consisting of 166 soldiers from a company of engineers, flew from Ankara to Beirut Airport. Having been welcomed by the Turkish ambassador to Beirut and other civilian and military officials, the company traveled to their permanent station on three buses. The soldiers arrived in Shaatiyyah village, where they will be deployed to perform their duty, around 100 km south of Beirut.
Ninety-five out of 261 soldiers of the military company, who disembarked from Turkey on two naval vessels on Thursday, arrived earlier on Friday.
Earlier this month, the first company of Turkish troops, consisting of naval forces, left for Lebanon. A Turkish frigate named Gaziantep set off for Lebanon with around 300 personnel aboard from Aksaz Naval Base in Marmaris two weeks ago and began patrol duty off Beirut's coast last Sunday.
On Sept. 5, the Turkish parliament adopted a government motion after long and heated debates, authorizing the deployment of Turkish peacekeeping troops to Lebanon as part of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).