21 Egyptian soldiers killed in road accident

At least 21 Egyptian soldiers stationed on the country’s border with Israel were killed and 24 others injured on Monday when their truck overturned on a mountain road in Sinai Peninsula, the state media reported.

An interior ministry official quoted the official MENA news agency said the accident occurred when the driver lost control of the vehicle on the rugged terrain, causing it to overturn. The personnel belong to the Central Security Forces, which along with the army have been fighting against the militants in the country’s eastern lawless peninsula, which borders Israel.

Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi has called for immediate evacuation of those killed and injured, the official added.Central Security Forces are separate from the Egyptian army, coming under the authority of the interior ministry, but both have been conducting operations in the region.

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