Details/Information for Canadian Forces (CF) Operation Arab-Israeli War, 1967 Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation

CF Overseas Operations have most often operated within the construct of an international mandate. As such, the International Information is presented first in order to provide the context of the Canadian Operation (displayed second). Eventually, all rotations associated with the particular Canadian operation will also be displayed.

International Information

International Operation Name: Arab-Israeli War, 1967 Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation

International Mission Name: Arab-Israeli War, 1967 Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation

Mandating Organization: Government of Canada

Region Name: Middle East

Location: Egypt

Mission Date: 5 June 1967 - 8 June 1967

Canadian Operations: No Canadian operation name


In May 1967, President Nasser of Egypt ordered the Canadian forces of the United Nations Emergency Force out of the Sinai. With tensions building in the Middle East, Nasser wanted the UN out of the way for any planned military action he might take. In a monumental effort, the Royal Canadian Air Force evacuated all Canadian UNEF personnel between 29 and 31 May.

On 5 June, Israel attacked Egypt and other Arab nations. The Canadian government now saw the possible need to evacuate Canadian citizens from the Middle East. The three Caribou aircraft of 115 Air Transport Unit, the Canadian air detachment with UNEF, had already arrived in Lahr. Accordingly, a Hercules on a training flight was diverted to Cyprus and placed on 12-hour stand-by. The nature of the Six Day war was such that the need for an evacuation never arose. The Hercules was released from stand-by on 8 June.