World news – California – Seven peacekeepers, including five Americans, were killed in a helicopter crash in Sinai


Jerusalem (Reuters) – A U-shaped helicopter – The multinational force and observers in the Egyptian Sinai said it crashed Thursday near the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing seven peacekeepers

The multinational force and the observers said in a statement that the dead were five Americans, a French and a Czech, all of whom were military service members. She added that a member of the American force survived and was medically evacuated.

An official familiar with the accident, whose name or nationality could not be determined, told Reuters that it was an accident caused by a mechanical failure.

The Czech Ministry of Defense issued a statement confirming that a member of the Czech army was among the dead in the helicopter crash, and the statement said that the cause of the accident was a technical defect.

In a tweet, a U-letter appears. The Defense Department said its initial report on six soldiers was incorrect and that five US soldiers were killed and service personnel were taken to hospital

The multinational force was established to monitor demilitarization in the Sinai under the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli Peace Agreement and has decreased in size in recent years as neighboring countries intensified security cooperation against Sinai rebels led by Islamists

However, both Israel and Egypt have, in the past, opposed Washington’s proposals to reduce the size of the United States’ participation in the multinational force, whose website lists approximately 452 Americans out of the force’s 1,154 military personnel.

Cairo considers the multinational force as part of the relationship with Israel, which, although unpopular with many Egyptians, has brought it billions of dollars in the United States.O, defensive assistance, desalination of the disarmament imposed by foreign parties on the sovereign lands of Sinai

With regard to Israel, the multinational force and the observers are providing strategic reassurance in a region where loyalties can change.

The multinational force statement said that the helicopter was on a « routine » mission when it crashed, and the Israeli army said in a statement that it had offered to send a rescue team to the scene of the accident.

According to its website, the Multinational Force and Observers attract individuals from 13 countries and cover an area of ​​more than 10,000 square kilometers (3,860 square miles) in the Sinai.

Featured by Ramy Ayoub and Phil Stewart from Washington, and Jason Hovet in Prague Edited by Toby Chopra, Gareth Jones, Francis Kerry, Alexandra Hudson and Tom Brown

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World News – California – Seven peacekeepers, including five Americans, killed in helicopter crash in Sinai


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