The Irish Minister of State for the Department of Defence, Paul Kehoe, has eliminated the possibility of withdrawing any troops deployed in the Golan Heights, amid the constant mortar and machine-gun fire “accidentally spilling over” from the Syrian army’s battle with jihadi rebels.
The Irish soldiers are a part of the UN’s Disengagement Observer Force, who are tasked with monitoring a truce between Syria and Israel. Kehoe said Ireland was “absolutely, steadfastly’’ committed to UN peacekeeping. In one instance, mortar fire landed so close to the Irish base that it shook the ground and Irish troops thought they had been hit. Security sources said at no time were the Irish camp or UN personnel deliberately targeted.
Independent TD (Techta Dala: member of the lower house of the parliament) Mick Wallace said Ireland was “facilitating the ongoing illegal occupation of the Golan Heights by Israel.” “The Israeli government recently called for an increase in settlements by 100,000 over the next five years, this is scary.’’ Independent TD Clare Daly said it was an “odd type of ceasefire” when it was an established fact that “Israel had been given material aid to ISIS, the Al-Nusra front and others in the Golan Heights.”
Published by: The War Files