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Defence Minister Simon Coveney reviews the personnel of the 46th Infantry Group at Costume Barracks, Athlone. Photo: James Flynn/APX.

Defence Minister Simon Coveney reviews the personnel of the 46th Infantry Group at Costume Barracks, Athlone. Photo: James Flynn/APX.

Defence Minister Simon Coveney reviews the personnel of the 46th Infantry Group at Costume Barracks, Athlone. Photo: James Flynn/APX.

Defence Minister Simon Coveney says he is not going to send Irish troops into a civil war by deploying more troops to the Golan Heights.

Mr Coveney also denied Irish UN peacekeepers had to be rescued by the Israeli Defence Forces.

However, the minister did say the Irish troops were involved in rescuing Filipino troops who were surrounded.

He said there was an exchange of fire in the incidents.

“There was no incident where Israeli troops had to go and rescue Irish troops,” he said.

Irish Independent