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Official US Beefing up Protection for Sinai Peacekeepers

In this July 2, 2015, file photo, an Egyptian armored vehicle patrols next to a military watch tower on the Egyptian side of the border, seen from the south of the Gaza Strip. Adel Hana/AP
In this July 2, 2015, file photo, an Egyptian armored vehicle patrols next to a military watch tower on the Egyptian side of the border, seen from the south of the Gaza Strip. Adel Hana/AP

WASHINGTON — A Pentagon official says the U.S. is sending extra troops and support equipment to better protect U.S. peacekeepers in the northern Sinai Peninsula after a roadside bomb attack last week wounded four U.S. soldiers.

The official said about 75 additional troops are being deployed, including a light-infantry platoon and a surgical team, surveillance equipment and other assets to improve peacekeepers' self-protection.

The official wasn't authorized to discuss details publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. has about 720 peacekeepers in the Sinai as part of a multinational peacekeeping and observer force continually monitoring compliance with the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. The U.S. group's centerpiece is the 1st Squadron, 112th Cavalry Regiment of the Texas Army National Guard that's been operating there since early this year.

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