They were uniformed members of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) mission, which manages a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
Six of the victims were from the USA, one from France and the other in the Czech Republic, MFO stated in a statement.
1 man survived the crash but was severely hurt by the force included.
“During a routine mission in the area of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, nine members of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) were included in a helicopter accident,” the announcement read.
“We’re deeply saddened to report that eight uniformed MFO members were murdered; six US citizens, one French, and yet another Czech.
“One US MFO Member lived and has been medically evacuated. Names have been withheld pending notification of next of kin.
“The MFO will evaluate to ascertain the reason for the collision.”
The MFO didn’t provide an exact location of the wreck say whether the helicopter dropped on the property or crashed to the sea.
An Egyptian official speaking on condition of anonymity said the helicopter crashed in Red Sea waters out Egyptian territorial borders.
Islamic militant groups and a regional affiliate of the Islamic State team are known to be more active in Sinai. However, the MFO stated there weren’t any indicators of an assault. “At this time, there’s not any information to indicate that the wreck was anything except that a crash,” it stated.
An Israeli official said the wounded peacekeeper was airlifted from the peacekeeping force to the Israeli border town of Eilat. From that point, he had been flown into an Israeli hospital. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t allowed to discuss the issue.
The Czech Republic’s army confirmed among the deaths of the Dark Hawk’s crash was Czech. It said the reason for the crash was a technical error and included that the survivor is in critical condition. The leader of the Czech military’s general staff, Gen. Ales Opata, expressed his condolences and recognized the victim in a Facebook article as Sgt. Maj. Michaela Ticha.
The MFO tracks the four-decade-old peace agreement between Israel and Egypt. Thirteen nations contribute troops to the MFO, together with the United States making up the largest contingent. Its responsibilities include tracking troop levels across the boundary and ensuring that the freedom of navigation through the Strait of Tiran.