Egypt multinational force says vehicle damaged
CAIRO (Reuters) – The Multinational Force and Observers
(MFO) in Egypt said on Monday an MFO vehicle was damaged on
Egyptian territory with no injuries and denied a report that a
small bus had exploded on its facilities.
An Egyptian security source had earlier said a small bus
exploded in an airport in Sinai used by the MFO, which has
contingents from 11 countries to supervise security provisions
in the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.
“An MFO vehicle was damaged. The two occupants of the
vehicle are unharmed and uninjured,” MFO official Ian
Baxendell, said. He said he did not have details of how the
damage was caused but said it was on Egyptian territory not MFO
Asked if there was an explosion, Baxendell told Reuters:
“There was not.”
He said an investigation was under way.
The security source had said a microbus exploded inside the
airport at El Gorah, a camp used by the MFO in north Sinai. An
Interior Ministry official also reported an explosion at MFO
facilities and said two people were injured.
The North Camp at El Gorah, which is about 20 km (13 miles)
south of Sinai’s Mediterranean coast, is the MFO’s largest
installation and site of the force commander’s headquarters,
the MFO’s Web site said.
The 11 countries sending contingents to the MFO are
Australia, Colombia, France, Italy, Norway, the United States,
Canada, Fiji, Hungary, New Zealand and Uruguay, the Web site
Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, the first
Arab country to make peace with the Jewish state.