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Helicopter Crash In Egypt Leaves Six Americans Dead, One Injured
By: Zona Sur
Breaking News: there have been reported six (6) Americans dead involved in a Helicopter crash in Egypt today. The casualties were part of a peacekeeping force known as the mfo.
The Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) is an international peacekeeping force overseeing the terms of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. They operates in and around the Sinai peninsula.
"During a routine mission in the vicinity of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, nine members of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) were involved in a helicopter crash," the MFO said in a statement.
"We are deeply saddened to report that eight uniformed MFO members were killed: six U.S. citizens, one French, and one Czech."
The mission of the MFO is:
"... to supervise the implementation of the security provisions of the Egyptian�Israeli Treaty of Peace and employ best efforts to prevent any violation of its terms."[wikip]
At remote observation sites, which might house only a dozen peacekeepers, the quality of life is harder to maintain. During tours at remote sites peacekeepers have limited access to the internet, are provided with workout equipment, and are permitted mascots. Mascots are not allowed at the main camps, even though a veterinarian is available to maintain the health of the animals, which are almost always dogs.
After the original inception of the MFO, routine travel to al-Arish, Sharm el Sheikh and a beach facility near the Gaza Strip were restful getaways but recent security concerns over possible Hamas activity has changed that. Similarly, a bicycle competition known as the Tour de Sinai which had begun in 1985 had gone by the wayside in recent years[wikip]