A number of Egyptian soldiers were killed and injured in a car crash Tuesday in the Ivory Coast, according to a statement by the Egyptian armed forces spokesperson.
The statement did not specify the number of deaths and injuries. The spokesperson office representative told Daily News Egypt that the army will not announce the number.
The soldiers serve as a part of the United Nations Operation in the Ivory Coast (UNOCI), which is mandated to facilitate the implementation by the Ivorian parties of the peace agreement signed by them in January 2003.
The mission launched its objectives in April 2004. A 2014 report by the United Nations stated that a total of 6,086 troops from 45 countries, including Egypt, are stationed in the Ivory Coast.
The armed forces mourned the deceased, and said it will coordinate with the UN to arrange the hospitalisation of the injured soldiers.
Following the 29 January deadly Sinai attack on military facilities, which left more than 30 dead, the military spokesperson asserted that the number of causalities in such attacks would not be announced publicly.
Additional reporting by Menna Zaki