Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai
(Herinneringsmedaille Multinational Force and Observers Sinai)

 

First date issued / (code) 1982 / (MFOM)
Amount issued

2622

Value category Average
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In 1967 The Sinai desert was conquered bij Israel during the Six Days War. In October 1973 Egyptian troops (in a combined assault with the Syrians on the Golan heights) tried to recapture the Sinai. Israel reacted and even conquered the Suez Canal. On 24th of October 1973 a ceasefire was negotiated. With the Camp David agreement in 1979 Israel agreed to withdraw under UN supervision. Russia however opposed to UN participation. As an alternative the USA suggested a multinational force of observers under the condition of withdrawal of Israel from Sinai. Both Israel and Egypt signed an agreement on 17th of July 1981 to install the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO).

The Netherlands has participated with 2622 military in the period 1981-1995 . Tasks assigned were mainly police- and border-patrol related. During this mission one man was killed.

On the obverse a peacedove with olivebranches, surrounded by the text "Mutinational Force and Observers". The reverse is blank with the text "United in service for Peace"

Apart from this medal personell was awarded the Commemorative Medal for Multinational Peace Operations with clasp Sinai

 

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MFO mission (NL)
Multinational Force & Observers MFO (EN)
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