Defence Support to Lebanon Evacuations - Thursday 27 July 2006
Current media reporting that Australia
has withdrawn troops from the United Nations Troop Supervision Organisation (UNTSO)
Australia has 11 personnel currently assigned to UNTSO who remain on their tasks.
The ADF personnel serving as United Nations Military Observers with UNTSO rotate
through various observation posts including southern Lebanon.
The Australian Government has deployed Australian Defence Force specialist personnel
to support the evacuation of Australian nationals from Lebanon as part of a coordinated
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-led Australian Government response.
This deployment includes specialist ADF staff who are supporting the Australian
Embassy in Beirut. In recent days a small number of these ADF personnel have traveled
into southern Lebanon to assist in the evacuation of Australian nationals.
Due to increasing threat levels in Southern Lebanon, this group of staff has returned
and will now not move south of Beirut.
The ADF personnel will continue to work closely with the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade management of the evacuation.
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