Israeli Army Offers Egypt Help in Russian Plane Crash

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FILE PHOTO: An Israeli soldier closes a gate that leads to the border fence between Israel and Egypt October 22, 2014.Credit: Reuters

The Israeli military says it has offered Egypt help in finding a Russian airliner that crashed Saturday in the Sinai region, most likely leaving over 200 passengers dead.

According to the IDF, a reconnaissance plane was sent to help the Egyptians locate the airliner after it had lost contact and was missing somewhere over the sprawling Sinai Peninsula. The army spokesperson said the IDF has offered additional aid should Egypt want it.

"Since this morning the IDF assisted with aerial surveillance in the efforts to locate the Russian airplane that lost contact over the Sinai Peninsula. The IDF has offered continued assistance to both Russia and Egypt if required," a military statement said.

The Airbus A-321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia with registration number KGL-9268, was flying from the Sinai Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia when it went down in a desolate mountainous area of central Sinai soon after daybreak, the aviation ministry said.

The plane was completely destroyed and all those on board are likely to have died, the Egyptian security officer who arrived at the scene told Reuters by telephone.

Israel's border with neighboring Egypt runs along the Sinai border. The two countries signed a peace accord in 1979. 

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