BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) – The Irish Defense Forces will be returning to the Syrian side of the Golan Heights after a four year long hiatus due to security concerns, the Journal.ie reported.
“The 57th Infantry Group, which comprises 130 personnel, is currently based in Camp Ziouani on the Israeli side of the area of separation,” the report continued.
“However, after a review of security by senior Defence Force members, the Irish infantry group is set to return later this year,” it added.
The Irish Defense Forces were previously moved to the Israel-occupied side of the Golan Heights, following the large-scale advance by the jihadist rebels in 2014.
Making matters worse, the jihadist rebels in Al-Quneitra began kidnapping members of the U.N. Peacekeeping Forces along the border of the occupied Golan Heights; this forced many of the foreign troops to have to withdraw to the Israeli lines.
With a Syrian military offensive looming in the Al-Quneitra Governorate, it is expected that this part of the Golan Heights should once again be safe for the U.N. Peacekeeping Forces.