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India to deploy troops on Golan Heights

Indian peacekeepers would be deployed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights as part of UN disengagement force.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 19:46 IST

For the first time, Indian troops would be deployed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights when elements of the First Horse armoured regiment would be positioned there as part of United Nations disengagement force.

About 200 personnel from the First Horse supported by men from EME, Signals, Engineers and others would be leaving on Wednesday for deployment in the crucial heights, according to army sources in New Delhi.

"The personnel would provide logistic support to the 800 strong UN contigent there headed by a Nepalese Major General Balanda Sharma," the sources said.

The Golan Heights, which overlook Syria-controlled areas were taken by Israeli troops during the 1973 Arab-Israel war and the United Nations has carved a separation buffer area between the Syrian and Israeli forces.

Coincidentally, Golan Heights also overlook parts of Southern and Central Lebanon where another Indian battalion is deployed in peacekeeping role for the past five years.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 19:46 IST