14 Sep 2015

After Fiji soldier wounded in Sinai, others prepare for deployment

12:59 pm on 14 September 2015

Fiji's military says it is hoping to send more soldiers to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula to join other peacekeepers.

The Fiji Times says the Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho has confirmed the plan, saying the ultimate call will be made by the United Nations multinational force.

Colonel Qiliho said he could not reveal anything further, adding that any information given would be likely to aid the Islamic State militants, who attacked and wounded four American soldiers on Thursday.

A Fijian soldier was also wounded by militants yesterday, and is recovering from a bullet wound to the stomach.

It was the second time in a fortnight that Fijian soldiers have been injured in Sinai.

There are currently 338 Fijian peacekeepers serving in Sinai.

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