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Defence Forces test water supply amid claims Irish troops are at risk of E Coli

The troops are part of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights.

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A SPOKESPERSON FOR the Department of Defence this evening told TheJournal.ie that the water supply of Irish troops in the Golan Heights has been tested.

“The Defence Forces have carried out tests on the water and are awaiting findings.”

The statement would appear to contradict earlier claims by Sinn Féin councillor Chris Andrews that the Irish peacekeepers’ water had already tested positive for E Coli and faecal matter.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Andrews said:

I was contacted this morning by a member of the Irish Defence Forces serving in the Golan Heights, who said this wasn’t being treated with enough urgency by the chain of command.

In an earlier statement, the Dublin City Councillor claimed the Irish contingent in the UN peacekeeping force “only get four litres of bottled water a day to drink and clean themselves…”

The cook has to use the water from the mains to cook with and 20 soldiers are going to the doctor this Friday to be tested for possible waterborne diseases.
This standard of care for our peacekeepers is unacceptable.

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