Australian and Fijian troops head to the Golan Heights

October 13, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Australian and Fijian troops will be co-deployed to the area of the Golan Heights which is the UN-controlled territory bordering Israel and Syria.

U.N. peacekeepers transfer two Syrian prisoners from Israel back to Syria at the Quneitra Border crossing in the Golan Heights, on April 28, 2019. Photo: Basel Awidat/Flash90.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence told J-Wire: Australia and Fiji intend to begin the co-deployment as soon as all UN processes and approvals have been finalised. 

Fiji and Australia have been working together on a co-deployment as part of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) mission.

This is part of both countries longstanding commitment to UN peacekeeping operations in the Middle East.

UNDOF is located in the border area between Israel and Syria and was established in March 1974.

This deployment is not related to current events in north-eastern Syria.”  


2 Responses to “Australian and Fijian troops head to the Golan Heights”
  1. John McCormick says:

    Good to see the Aussies linking with Fiji to go onto the Golan. The Fijians will keep the Aussies entertained after work is done. New Zealand doesn’t have the man power to send troops to the border but we do have Officers serving in the UNTSO on the border.

  2. Adrian Jackson says:

    I do not support sending more Australians half way around the world to more conflict zones. Iraq, Afghanistan and now Syria have been military and political failures.

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