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Glad To Be Home From Sinai

The 21 peacekeepers who arrived from Sinai yesterday were happy to be back home. A total of 121 peacekeepers will be back home by tomorrow. The Republic of Fiji Military
04 Jun 2016 11:32
Glad To Be Home From Sinai
From Left: Sgt Rarakula,CPL Ceguadrau,Private Sakealevu Ovini,Private Waqalala are some of the first batch of Fijian soldiers who were deployed to Sinai arrived at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo:Litia Tikomailepanoni

The 21 peacekeepers who arrived from Sinai yesterday were happy to be back home.

A total of 121 peacekeepers will be back home by tomorrow.

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) director peacekeeping Commander Humphrey Tawake was at Nadi International Airport yesterday to meet the first airlift of  21 peacekeepers from Sinai.

He said another 35 would arrive today and 65 tomorrow.

The soldiers are amongst those being withdrawn by the Multinational Force and Observers because of escalating attacks by so-called Islamic State militants fighting to oust Egyptian forces.

Commander Tawake said these peacekeepers would be redeployed to other missions as this was part of the RFMF’s contingency plan.

He said with the 121 returning home, 208 remained at the South Camp in Sinai and they would all return soon.

The remaining soldiers would remain in their hotels and expenses would be met by the Multinational Force of Observers (MFO), he said.

Commander Tawake said when conditions would improve and if they were required to return, the MFO would foot the expenses for their return to Sinai.

The situation he said was still very tense.

He said the remaining soldiers at the South and North Camp were safe.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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