UK to send more troops to support UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan

8 September 2016 (Last Updated September 8th, 2016 18:30)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) will send additional troops for a UN-backed mission in South Sudan.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) will send additional troops for a UN-backed mission in South Sudan.

Nearly 100 UK Armed Forces personnel will be deployed to support the UN peacekeeping mission, in addition to 300 troops sent under the previous government.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “This large-scale deployment underlines how we are stepping up our global commitments.

“Backed by a rising defence budget, it’s part of our effort to tackle the instability that leads to mass migration and terrorism. It will help keep Britain safe while improving lives abroad.”

"This large-scale deployment underlines how we are stepping up our global commitments."

The newly deployed troops will support UK and UN peacekeepers by providing a new field hospital.

The first UK military personnel were divided into two engineer squadrons, and provided advisory support and vital engineering work to strengthen infrastructure for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

A total of 40 troops were deployed for the UN-backed mission to tackle the threat posed by extremist group Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

The number of soldiers supporting the Africa Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will increase to 70 in order to accommodate short-term training teams.


Image: Nearly 100 UK Armed Forces personnel will be deployed to support the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. Photo: courtesy of UK Government.