Sand and Tsunamis
Travels between Saudi Arabia and Japan
About Us (3)
Dave in Japan (13)
Futureland (Japan) (7)
News and Other Scary Stuff (18)
Other Travels... (18)
Picture Postings (21)
Rants and Ramblings (13)
The Magical Kingdom (34)
* Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On!
* This Just In...
* This Just In...Women Cause 50% of Traffic Accidents in KSA
* High and Dry
* Guam Pictures
* I become a Pod Person
* Still in Hawaii
* Roughing it in Waikiki
* Oh the sacrifices we make for freedom!
* We're Off to See Godzilla!
* Update and More Pictures
* Cool Map Feature...
* Visit to Odawara Castle
* Some pictures
* They let women DRIVE here!
* Cool things here in Japan
* Adventures in Sushi
August 16, 2005
This Just In...
In an effort to keep you up to date, I offer this...
In 1994, I was stationed on the Sinai Peninnsula, Egypt...Sharm El Sheikh, actually, probably less than a mile from where the bombings were last month (July). It was a great assignment, and peace was breaking out all over, so we weren't restricted. Still, leftover land mines were sometimes a problem near the outposts we maintained (we would run our PT test on a road that was lined on either side with old minefields left over from the Israeli - Arab wars). Looks like they're still there...
Glad no one was hurt in this incident, but it is sort of scary to see my old stomping grounds in the news so often recently...
Small Blast Near Multinational Force Vehicle-Egypt
Email Article Related Stories
East Africa Opens Disaster Center
An Egyptian security source said the blast was caused by a land mine left over in the area from wars between Israel and Egypt. The MFO was set up to supervise security provisions in the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.
MFO official Ian Baxendell told Reuters an MFO vehicle was damaged in north Sinai but said no one was hurt.
"An MFO vehicle was damaged. The two occupants of the vehicle are unharmed and uninjured," he said without saying what caused the damage and without giving details of those inside.
Baxendell initially said there was no explosion, but later said he was still waiting for details of the incident from the investigation that was underway.
"A limited explosion occurred on the right side of a branch desert road while one of the MFO vehicles passed in the area of El Gorah in Sinai, about 1 km outside their camp," an Interior Ministry statement said, adding that no one was killed.
A security source had earlier said a small bus had exploded in an airport used by the MFO at El Gorah.
The North Camp at El Gorah, which is about 20 km (13 miles) south of Sinai's Mediterranean coast, is the MFO's largest installation and site of the force commander's headquarters, the MFO's Web site said.
The 11 countries sending contingents to the MFO are Australia, Colombia, France, Italy, Norway, the United States, Canada, Fiji, Hungary, New Zealand and Uruguay, the Web site said.
Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, the first Arab country to make peace with the Jewish state after fighting several wars in the Sinai Peninsula.
Posted by djf on August 16, 2005 03:58 AM
Category: News and Other Scary Stuff
Email this page