US to send 75 additional troops to Sinai, Egypt

Following bomb attack last week that injured 4 US troops in peacekeeping mission, US to send 75 troops as well as supplies to region

Multinational Force and Observer

Multinational Force and Observer

The United States announced on Thursday night that is deploying 75 additional troops to the Sinai Peninsula in order to bolster security in the region.

The announcement was made by the State Department, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook, stating that the deployment will include a small infantry platoon, vehicles, equipment and a surgical team in order to provide security for US troops and international peacekeepers.

Cook stated, “Our concern right now, our top priority, is the safety and security of those US personnel there.”

The deployments comes following a bomb attack last Thursday, in which four American soldiers assigned to the Multinational Force and Observer (MFO) peacekeeping mission were four among six injured. The soldiers were treated in Israel and have been released following their treatment.

The United States has around 600 troops under the US Army Central in the “Task Force Sinai” unit.

Threats and attacks in the Sinai Peninsula have expanded, with Egyptian military operations and presence stringent in the region due to Islamic Jihad and ISIS.

Along with these measures, Israel has been building a new security fence on its border with Jordan, with increased military presence on both the Egyptian and Jordanian borders. The new border fence will protect Israel from threats in the region, such as ISIS, as well as infiltration by refugees and migrants.

Netanyahu stated on the fence’s construction earlier this week, “To the extent that it is possible, we will encompass Israel’s borders with a security fence and barriers that will allow us to control our borders. We will not allow Israel to be flooded with illegal migrants and terrorists.”