Armed Forces: Middle East

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th February 2020.

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Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Operational demands will cause numbers to change at short notice and/or to pass through on route to other operations in the Middle East and beyond.

There are around 2,150 members of the UK Armed Forces permanently assigned to Cyprus on our Sovereign Base Area. In addition, around 250 personnel are deployed in Cyprus as part of Operation TOSCA - the British contribution to the UN peacekeeping force.

There are currently no UK Armed Forces personnel deployed in the eastern Mediterranean outside Cyprus.

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