The Ministry of Defence is already working on the forecast of a possible delay in the replacement of the military who are participating in some missions abroad and who have already been out of Spain for six months, military sources confirmed to Europa Press. The pandemic generated by the Covid-19 has affected military operations in different ways, such as contagion or the paralysis of their missions, and another of its effects could be the delay in the relief of some contingents.
The next mission to suffer this consequence will probably be that of Lebanon, where Spain has around 650 military personnel deployed under the umbrella of the United Nations to monitor the cessation of hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel and to accompany and assist the Lebanese Armed Forces in the south of the country and along the border in the so-called Blue Line.
The Covid-19 has already struck a month ago the planned relay of Operation Atalanta, which monitors the waters of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia. According to Defensa, a member of the Navy who was to take part in this relief operation tested positive for the coronavirus and he and 21 other soldiers with whom he had been in contact were repatriated to Spain.