FIJI SOLDIERS STRANDED IN CAIRO AS TENSIONS ESCALATE

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SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, Feb. 2, 2011) - The civil unrest in Egypt has seen 10 soldiers of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) serving under the Multinational Forces and Observers (MFO) in Sinai stranded in Cairo.

This was confirmed by military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Neumi Leweni yesterday. He said the RFMF personnel have been billeted in a hotel in Cairo with bills met by the Multi National Force and Observers headquarters.

"Our soldiers as well as other personnel from other serving contingents are also accommodated in the same hotel," Lieutenant-Colonel Leweni said.

[PIR editor’s note: Many foreigners in the Egyptian capital of Cairo have been evacuated in recent days as massive demonstrations against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak continue in the absence of law and order. ]

He said plans were to fly them from Cairo Airport to EI GO-rah (MFO HQ) since all roads were closed.

"Latest reports received have confirmed that they are all well," he said.

Earlier this week Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama confirmed the 300 plus Fiji soldiers who are part of peacekeeping forces in Sinai on the borders of Egypt are safe.

Fiji has more than 300 soldiers based in Sinai as part of the Multinational Forces and Observers who are charged with the duty of keeping the peace between Israel and Egypt.

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