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IDF to airlift Israelis wounded in Sinai from Egyptian border

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Soldiers from the Israeli Air Force's elite Unit 669 take part in an exercise in an undated photograph. (Israel Defense Forces)
Soldiers from the Israeli Air Force's elite Unit 669 take part in an exercise in an undated photograph. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israel Defense Forces says helicopters have taken off for the Egyptian border in order to evacuate several Israeli tourists who were wounded in a traffic accident in the Sinai Peninsula.

Troops from the elite helicopter search and rescue Unit 669 will assist in the efforts, the IDF says.

Hebrew-language media reports say Egypt has given Israel special approval to fly the helicopters into Egypt, but the IDF statement indicates the troops will pick up the wounded from the border.

The wounded are expected to be taken to Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center.

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