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NZDF engineers heading to Sinai

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/10/2016

New Zealand is to deploy 35 more Defence Force personal to an international peacekeeping mission in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the contingent will provide engineering support to build a security fence around the Multinational Force and Observers' headquarters at South Camp, near Sharm El-Sheikh.

He says the deployment will begin in early 2017 and last about six months.

"The security fence will further enhance physical protection at the camp, including for NZDF personnel," he said.

The estimated cost of the engineer deployment is $1.538 million.

Mr Brownlee said the government recently agreed to extend the mandate for NZDF personnel deployed to the Multinational Force and Observers mission.

That deployment of up to 28 personnel was extended until July 2018.

New Zealand has been part of the mission, which observes and reports on the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, since its establishment in 1982.

New Zealand's contribution consists of a force training team, a transport section and headquarters staff.

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