Uruguay to deploy 47 peacekeeping soldiers in Sinai Peninsula

CAIRO: The National Defense Ministry confirmed Monday that Uruguay is to deploy 47 soldiers in Sinai Peninsula, as a part of the Multinational Force of Observers (MFO-Sinai), reported Prensa Latina Monday.

The deployment date of the UN peacekeepers has not been disclosed yet, although the troops have already begun training at Uruguay’s National School of Peace Operations.

According to a report published by the Egyptian ministry, Uruguayan soldiers received last week lectures about historical and current events in Sinai by Egyptian and Israeli diplomatic officials.

On June 9, rockets were fired at the direction of a North Sinai airport used by MFO, Reuters reported. Sinai Province, a group affiliated with the Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attack, but no casualties were reported.

MFO was established to supervise the implementation of the security provisions of Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty and to prevent any violations by deploying troops, according to MFO website.

Currently, twelve states form the MFO forces and provide them with military troops; Uruguay has joined in 1982.

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