Nearly 170 Fiji soldiers to join UNDOF on Israel-Syria border after Austria’s soldiers withdrew before replacements took over.
They will be replacing Austrian forces who have pulled out of the area following an escalation in the fighting between Assad’s forces and the rebels.
The Austrian troops left the Golan Heights area last week. Austria’s dramatic decision to withdraw from the area led the UN’s Security Council to harshly condemn the spread of violence to the demilitarized buffer zone. The Philippines later also announced they will be pulling their forces from the area.
In a statement issued after Austria’s withdrawal, Ban warned that the growing violence in the Golan Heights jeopardizes the Israel-Syria ceasefire agreement.
The Quneitra border crossing is considered a main target for rebel forces who see it as a strategic asset.
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