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Blasts in Egypt's Sinai injure six peacekeepers, including four Americans: Pentagon

Reuters , Friday 4 Sep 2015
Four American soldiers and two international peacekeepers from the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) were injured in two bomb blasts Thursday in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. In this photo, a member of Egypt's security forces gestures as he stands on a watchtower in North Sinai as seen from across the border in southern Israel on July 2, 2015 (Reuters)
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Six soldiers including four Americans were injured on Thursday in two blasts in northeast Sinai caused by improvised explosive devices, the Pentagon said.

The Multinational Force and Observer peacekeepers were evacuated "by air to a medical facility where all are receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries," Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement.

The four Americans were struck by the second blast as they were en route to help the soldiers hurt in the first, according to Major Roger Cabiness.

The MFO was created as a result of the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel and is based in Sinai, the peninsula that lies between Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal. About 650 Americans are currently assigned to the force, Cabiness said.

Israel has called on Egypt to crack down on growing lawlessness in the Sinai, which has become a hideout for jihadi groups opposed to Israel.

Cabiness said the Pentagon remains concerned about the deteriorating security conditions in the region.

"We are considering what, if any, additional measures might be needed to ensure force protection. This includes bringing in additional equipment if necessary," he told Reuters.

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