The helicopter with Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) troops led by the U.S. crashed near Sharm El-Sheikh as Reuters reported.
As a result of the catastrophe, seven members of the peacekeeping forced died, including five Americans, a citizen of France and a citizen of the Czech Republic. All victims of the crash are military men. One person survived and was evacuated by medics; he is the U.S. citizen.
One of the officials informed about the incident stated that it was an accident caused by mechanical failure.
Defense Ministry of the Czech Republic published a statement that confirms the information that one of the military of the Czech Army was among the deceased as a result of the helicopter’s crash.
The U.S. Department of Defense also reported that one American from the helicopter was hospitalized. The Israeli military informed that they transported the wounded peacekeeper to the hospital in Israel.
The Multinational Force and Observers hold the observation missions over the demilitarization of Sinai in accordance with Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty dated 1979.
Recently, the contingent reduced as the neighboring countries enhanced the cooperation in the security sphere against Sinai rebels headed by Islamists.
However, Israel and Egypt stood against the offers of Washington’s offer on the reduction of the U.S. participation in the work of the MFO contingent that includes 452 Americans out of 1,154 military. Cairo considers the MFO as part of the relations with Israel that is not popular among the Egyptian citizens but brought billion dollars in the form of U.S. aid in the defense area.
The MFO offers strategic guarantees in the unstable region for Israel.
The MFO involves staff from 13 countries and occupies over 10,000 square kilometers of the territory in Sinai.
As we reported, on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, 10 soldiers suffered as a result of an armored personnel carrier explosion.