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United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF)

UNITED NATIONS EMERGENCY FORCE (UNEF)

Military force created on 7 November 1956 by the UN General Assembly following the Suez-Sinai War of 1956, to allow the evacuation of Israeli, French, and British troops from Egyptian territory.

Composed of 6,000 men, commanded by Canadian General E.L.M. Burns headquartered in Ballah, this force operated on the Egyptian side of the Egyptian-Israeli frontier of 1949. On 19 May 1967, at the request of Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser, the UNEF evacuated from Egyptian territory a few weeks before the start of the 1967 War.

SEE ALSO Arab-Israel War (1967); Nasser, Gamal Abdul; Suez Crisis.

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