One hundred and twenty Canadians leave for home early next month as the decision to cut the strength of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in the Gaza Strip and the Sinai by 600 goes into effect. The Canadians - all members of the 56 Canadian Squadron (Princess Louisa's) - have started handing over peacekeeping duties on their 39 km stretch of the International Frontier between Egypt and Israel to Brazilian and Yugoslav Battalions of the Force. Canadian contribution to UNEF still remains substantial with 780 men and officers from that country performing important logistics and air support tasks. UNEF's strength, which is now 4,581, will be 3,959 after the cut.
Packing up for home is Trooper J. D. T. Dufour of the 56 Canadian Recce Squadron, whose unit is returning home early next month. 1966.