CAIRO: Six bodies of Egyptian peacekeeping forces arrived Sunday at the Cairo International Airport coming from Ivory Coast, an official from the airport told Youm7.
Due to the bad weather in Ivory Coast, a vehicle transporting the soldiers overturned Tuesday, stated Egyptian Military spokesperson Mohamed Samir Wednesday, offering the Armed Forces’ condolences for the victims’ relatives.
The dead bodies arrived on an EgyptAir flight to the airport where a military official was awaiting their arrival, the airport official added.
The military official stated that a military funeral will be held for the killed forces and the dead bodies will be sent to Armed Forces Hospital in Qasr al-Qoba district of Cairo.
The victims include two captains, two privates, a corporal, and a first assistant, according to the statement.
The UN Operation in the Ivory Coast helps maintain peace in the African country after conflicting parties signed a peace agreement in 2003.
According to Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in African, Egypt has contributed to the United Nations peacekeeping forces since 1960; the first mission was to Congo. Since then Egypt has sent more than 300,000 peacekeepers in 24 countries worldwide.