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Fijians Caught In Crossfire

Six mortar rounds landed in the Sinai camp housing Fijian peacekeepers as the conflict between warring parties escalated in Egypt. The 339 Fijians were safe, Republic of Fiji Military Forces
12 Jun 2015 10:02
Fijians Caught In Crossfire
Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho.

Six mortar rounds landed in the Sinai camp housing Fijian peacekeepers as the conflict between warring parties escalated in Egypt.

The 339 Fijians were safe, Republic of Fiji Military Forces Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho assured last night.

He added there was minimal damage to the structures in the American-sponsored Multi-National Observer Force headquarters.

The Fijians were caught in the exchange of fire between Islamic State forces and the Egyptian military onWednesday night. IS later claimed responsibility.

The incident was the first of its kind since the Fijians began their service with MFO  in 1982.

“There were other incidents in the past but not like this one,” Colonel Qiliho said.

“The same thing happens in Syria and Lebanon, but this is the first time in Sinai.”

Reuters reported yesterday that the Sinai Province, Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate group, had claimed responsibility for the attack. Recently, IS forces had focused their attacks on members of Egypt’s Security Forces.

Egypt’s government continues to face an Islamist insurgency in Sinai.

This is after the military removed President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood from power following mass protests against his rule on July 3, 2013.

Battalion Commander in the Sinai, Lieutenant-Colonel Talemaivatuwiri reported to the Republic of Fiji Military Forces that they took precautionary measures on Wednesday night until things had quietened down.

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