Si­nai Lift De­lay

Too risky to fly there now be­cause of ten­sion, says Com­man­der Humphrey Tawake

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Ten­sion in the Si­nai has de­layed the last lift of our peace­keep­ers this year. The peace­keep­ers were sched­uled to fly out on Wed­nes­day. But they were told it was too risky to travel there now.

Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces (RFMF) di­rec­tor peace­keep­ing Com­man­der Humphrey Tawake said the sit­u­a­tion in Si­nai was still very tense. He said the 29 sol­diers were told to wait at home for fur­ther in­struc­tions. He said the RFMF was in­formed by the Multi-na­tional Force and Ob­servers HQ on Wed­nes­day that the “flights were can­celled un­til fur­ther no­tice due to the sit­u­a­tion in Si­nai.” This comes amidst an in­creas­ing pres­ence in the Si­nai by so-called Is­lamic State mil­i­tants fight­ing Egyp­tian forces.

Mean­while, the 338 sol­diers in Si­nai have been di­rected to stay put at their camp at El Go­rah. Only es­sen­tial du­ties un­der heavy se­cu­rity are be­ing car­ried out.

Re­cently, one Egyp­tian civil­ian died when stray shells landed in the Fi­jian camp. Com­man­der Tawake said peace­keep­ing du­ties had changed a lot since its in­cep­tion but Fi­jian peace­keep­ers had coped with the changes.

He said fam­i­lies for the Fi­jian peace­keep­ers should not be alarmed be­cause they were safe.

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