Soldiers on high alert

FIJIAN peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights remain on high alert after reports that a Syrian anti-aircraft fire shot down an Israeli fighter jet last week.

Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) chief of staff Brigadier General Jone Kalouniwai said the level of threat for soldiers who were serving under the UN was still in place and movement from camp to camp was also restricted.

“It doesn’t change the restriction in movement even though the situation has desecrated, in terms of each side staying along their own territory. The level of alert, the level of threat for the UN forces that are currently employed there still remains the same so the restrictions are still in place and requirements for them to maintain the alertness is at the high point level for them,” Brig-Gen Kalouniwai said.

More than 300 Fijian soldiers are currently deployed to Golan Heights.

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