(Washington) Five soldiers died in the accident of an American helicopter which crashed in the Mediterranean during an exercise, the European command of the American army (Eucom) and the Pentagon announced on Sunday.
Eucom did not specify the model of the aircraft concerned or its origin, but the United States recently deployed an aircraft carrier in the region to deter any attempt to degenerate the war between Israel and Hamas into conflict. regional.
“During a routine aerial refueling mission as part of military training, a US military aircraft carrying five service members suffered an accident and crashed in the Mediterranean Sea. All five soldiers on board the aircraft were killed,” Eucom said in its statement.
Shortly after, the Pentagon clarified in a press release that it was a helicopter.
The American army initially reported an accident that occurred “on the evening of November 10” in the eastern Mediterranean without initially providing information on the fate of those on board.
“Jill and I pray for the families and friends who have lost a loved one – a part of their soul,” US President Joe Biden responded in a statement. “Our entire nation shares their grief. »
After the Hamas attack in Israel on October 7, Washington provided military support to Israel and strengthened its forces in the region, notably with the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford and other warships.
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