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100 British troops to help peacekeeping force in Egypt

Around 100 British troops are to be deployed in Egypt to help an international peacekeeping force.

The border between Egypt and Israel in the Sinai Peninsula Credit: Reuters

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced that a squadron of the Royal Engineers will be sent there for up to 12 weeks, starting in March.

In a written statement to Parliament he said they would provide engineering support to the Multinational Force and Observers, which operates in the Sinai peninsula and works to oversee the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

The deployment begins in March 2016 and will involve approximately 100 personnel from the Corps of the Royal Engineers carrying out a range of infrastructure improvement works at the MFO main operating base in Sinai for up to 12 weeks.

The UK has a long history of supporting the MFO and currently provides the MFO with an engineer officer of the rank of major to serve on the force commander's staff.

– Michael Fallon's written statement to Parliament


Police officer and soldier killed on the outskirts of Cairo

A police officer and a soldier have been killed in a shooting on the outskirts of Cairo.

Saturday's shooting was in the Giza area near Cairo Credit: Google Maps

According to Egyptian state news the two officials were shot in their car in the Giza area on Saturday and checkpoints were immediately put in place to "crack down on the attackers and catch them".

The shooting came the day after three foreign tourists were stabbed in a militant attack on a hotel in the Red Sea resort city of Hurghada, Egypt.

Court rejects ex-Egyptian president Mubarak's appeal

Hosni Mubarak waves to supporters during a court appearance in April 2013. Credit: Reuters

Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak has had an appeal against his three-year jail sentence on corruption charges denied.

According to Reuters Egypt's court of appeal rejected appeals from both Mubarak, and his two sons.

Mubarak, was jailed alongside his sons last May after reportedly diverting public funds earmarked to renovate presidential palaces and using the money to upgrade family properties.

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