7 peacekeepers killed in Sinai helicopter crash

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Israel's southernmost border with Egypt looks down on a remote outpost in the Sinai Peninsula near the Israeli resort city of Eilat. (Photo by Dion Nissenbaum/MCT/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Seven members of an international peacekeeping force in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula are reported to have been killed in a helicopter crash, an Israeli and an Egyptian official confirmed.

AP has reported that five Americans were among the dead. The other victims were French and Czech citizens.

According to the report, the crash appeared to be caused by a technical failure as there were no signs of the aircraft being attacked. Islamic militant groups affiliated with the Islamic State group are known to be active in Sinai.

The helicopter belonged to the Multinational Force and Observers, an international force that monitors the 40-year-old peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.

Israeli and Egyptian officials said one survivor was airlifted to an Israeli hospital. The peacekeeping force flew the survivor into the resort of Eilat, Israel, from where he was then taken by an Israeli copter to a hospital further north.

An Egyptian official said the UH-60 Black Hawk was on a reconnaissance mission when it crashed near the island of Tiran.

 

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