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Surprise Visits For Hurt Sinai 2

Two members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) injured by an explosive device in Sinai received two surprise visits in hospital last Friday. They are: Corporal Rupeni Masibalavu,
06 Sep 2015 14:21
Surprise Visits For Hurt Sinai 2
Abel Seamen Akariva Sigawale (left), and Corporal Rupeni Masibalavu (right), as they receive a visit from the Chief of Staff for the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights, Colonel Ro Jone Kalouniwai. The two men are recovering at Beersheba Hospital in Israel after their patrol vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during a routine water and ration supply run to one of the Fijian locations in the southern part of Northeast Sinai.

Two members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) injured by an explosive device in Sinai received two surprise visits in hospital last Friday.

They are: Corporal Rupeni Masibalavu, 38, (from Keyasi, Navosa) of the RFMF Territorial Forces and Able Seaman Akariva Sigawale, 25, (from Moce Island, Lau) of the RFMF Naval Squadron.

One visit was by Chief of Staff for the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights, Colonel Ro Jone  Kalouniwai, and Commanding Officer of the First Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment Lieutenant-Colonel Jeremaia Tuikoro. It raised their morale.

Colonel Ro Jone and Lieutenant-Colonel Tuikoro led members of the Fijian contingent in the Golan Heights to visit the pair and cheer them up at Beersheba Hospital in Israel.

The second visit was by the Chief of Staff of the US Army, General Mark A. Milley.

He paid tribute to them and praised the soldiers for their commitment, courage and quick response during the hostile situation.

He awarded the two with the Chief of Staff US Army coin. The coin signifies his deep appreciation and admiration for their courage to extract themselves out of the danger area after receiving injuries to themselves during the attack.

Personnel safety remains the priority for international civilians and multinational military personnel serving the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai. It comes amidst increasing attacks by Islamic militants against Egyptian Force and the Multinational Force and Observers.

Corporal Masibalavu and Able Seaman Akariva Sigawale were transferred to the hospital from Sinai after the incident.

They were injured when the vehicle they were in was hit by an explosive device during a routine water and ration supply.

Four US Army soldiers were also injured after attempting to conduct a recovery and clearance operation of the same area where the two Fijian soldiers were injured.

A statement released by the RFMF Land Force Commander, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said: “Appropriate force protection measures are in place to mitigate threats and to minimise that risk to our dedicated personnel.”

 

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