At least seven people, including a few Americans, were killed after a helicopter belonging to the International Peacekeeping Force crashed in Egypt, according to Israeli and Egyptian officials.
Five Americans have died, according to Israeli officials. The other victims were French and Czech citizens, all members of the military.
One of the survivors was taken by the military to a resort in Eilat, Israel, from where it was taken by an Israeli helicopter to a hospital further north, sources said.
The official said Israel Initially, helicopters were dispatched to rescue the injured, but after confirmation of death, the mission was discontinued.
The aircraft, the UH-60 Blackhawk, was on a reconnaissance mission and crashed near Tiran Island. Egyptian Egyptian officials said the Sinai Peninsula was clearly due to a technical failure.
Israeli and Egyptian officials said it appeared to be an accident and there were no signs that the aircraft had been attacked.
Islamic extremist groups belonging to the Islamic State group are known to be active in Sinai.
The Israeli Multinational Force and Observatory (MFO) office confirmed that the accident had occurred and an investigation was underway, but provided no further details.
The MFO is a multinational organization that oversees the 40-year-old peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.
Its responsibilities include unit-level surveillance along the border and ensuring freedom of navigation through the Straits of Tiran.
Thirteen countries have contributed troops to the mission, with the United States forming the largest delegation.
According to its website, the MFO has 1,154 military personnel from the United States and 12 other countries covering more than 3,860 square miles (10,000 square kilometers) of the Sinai Peninsula.
About 452 of our staff are American.
Israeli and Egyptian officials were not allowed to talk to the media on this issue, so they spoke on condition of anonymity.
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