(RepublicanPress.org) – Five US service members were among seven individuals killed in a helicopter crash on November 12 while carrying out operations in a routine peacekeeping mission in Egypt. An additional American received severe injuries in the incident and is reportedly receiving treatment in an Israeli hospital.
The service members were part of a Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) deployed to the region to oversee the security provisions of a 1979 peace treaty between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Israel.
Pray for the families of the 8 who were killed today in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Egypt. 6 were US military, 1 was French & 1 was Czech. Also pray for the 1 survivor, an American who was airlifted to the hospital. May God comfort them. https://t.co/8TbYxf0C8f
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) November 12, 2020
The MFO’s mission includes ensuring freedom of movement through the Strait of Tiran. Additionally, it operates reconnaissance patrols and checkpoints along the border between the two nations. It also verifies compliance with the treaty two times a month, more if agreed to by Egypt and Israel. A total of about 450 US military personnel serve in the MFO alongside others from France, Czechoslovakia, Fiji, and Colombia.
The MFO has launched a full investigation into the crash and thanked both nations for their ongoing cooperation in that effort. Accidents like this serve as a grim reminder that Americans continue to sacrifice their lives for overseas security operations on an ongoing basis.
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