16 ambassadors visit North Sinai peacekeeping mission
An army soldier in Sinai - REUTERS

CAIRO: The ambassadors of 16 states arrived in al-Gorah, North Sinai Monday to visit the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) camp and boost morale of the multinational peacekeeping soldiers, according to Youm7.

The governors of North Sinai and South Sinai accompanied the diplomats, who will also visit Saint Catherine’s Monastery in South Sinai, then return to Cairo.

The personnel of the MFO come from twelve states, including the U.S., France, Canada, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands and Uruguay.

Hundreds have been killed in fierce confrontations are ongoing between Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) and security forces in North Sinai.  The confrontations began in 2011, but substantially intensified following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

ABM generally focuses their attacks on the military, but militants attacked the camp and set fire to vehicles and facilities, and a number of foreign soldiers were wounded in September 2012.

The other MFO camp lies near Sharm el-Sheikh resort in South Sinai, the stable southern half of the peninsula.

The peacekeeping mission was deployed following the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

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