On Saturday, US military officials identified five US soldiers killed during a peacekeeping operation Hook helicopter return In the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.
They are identified as Captain Seth Vernon Vandecamp, 31, from Katy, Texas; 3rd Warrant Officer Dallas Girl Garza, 34, of Fayetteville, North Carolina; Senior NCO 2 Marwan Sameh Ghabbour, 27, of Marlborough, Massachusetts; Sgt. Kyle Robert Mackie, 35, from Painesville, Ohio; And Sgt. Jeremy Cain Sherman, 23, from Watsika, Illinois.
Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, said in a statement on Saturday that one of the extra service personnel remained in critical condition after the plane crash Thursday. An Israeli army spokesman said that the injured American was taken by helicopter to an Israeli hospital for treatment.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Friday that a French and Czech soldier were also killed. The Czech Ministry of Defense confirmed the death of one of its personnel and blamed the accident on a technical problem.
The helicopter was on a routine mission near Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, when it came down, according to the Multinational Force and Observers, an independent international peacekeeping body that monitors the 40-year-old peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.
The multinational force and observers consist of 1,154 military personnel from the United States and 12 other countries, according to its website. President Donald Trump’s administration is reassessing US participation in the force.
Abigail Williams Contributed.