News & Media

Nov 20, 2020

In Memoriam: A message from the Director General

As we mourn the loss of our seven colleagues and pray for the rapid and full recovery of an eighth, it has been reassuring to know that we are not alone in our grief.

Nov 12, 2020

In Memoriam

We are deeply saddened by the loss on November 12, 2020, of seven of our uniformed military colleagues from three countries who died in a helicopter crash during a routine mission. This included one Czech, one French, and five U.S. MFO members, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these soldiers at this difficult time. We wish the one U.S. MFO Member who survived the crash a speedy recovery.

Nov 5, 2020

In Memoriam: Ashraf Mobariz 1962 to 2020

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved colleague, Mr. Ashraf Mobariz, who died on November 5, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19. For over 32 years Ashraf’s remarkable creativity, courage, determination, and charm strengthened the peace between Egypt and Israel. As a peacemaker and colleague, he was exceptional. We will miss him greatly.

Jun 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MFO remains actively engaged with the Treaty Parties, Egypt and Israel, and receives the full cooperation necessary to carry out our mission, including our monitoring and verification operations.

Mar 16, 2020

Japanese Supplemental Contribution to the MFO

For a sixth consecutive year, Japan has generously agreed to provide the MFO with supplemental funding in support of urgent needs. This year’s contribution, amounting to $1,489,363, will be used to relocate MFO Remote Site 5 inside our air terminal and to upgrade the combined facility.

Mar 9, 2020

Germany to Contribute Supplemental Funding to the MFO in 2020

The MFO is pleased to announce that Germany has again agreed to generously contribute supplemental funding to the MFO.

Jan 31, 2020

Retirement of MFO Deputy Director General K. Scott Gudgeon

On 31 January 2020, MFO Deputy Director General K. Scott Gudgeon retired after nearly 35 years of service to the MFO. On that date, the MFO Director General presented Mr. Gudgeon with the MFO Distinguished Service for Peace Award, the highest honor the MFO can confer.

Dec 3, 2019

MFO Change of Command

Major General Evan Williams of New Zealand assumed command of the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai from Major General Simon Stuart of Australia on 1 December 2019.

 

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News & Media COVID-19 Update

Jun 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MFO remains actively engaged with the Treaty Parties, Egypt and Israel, and receives the full cooperation necessary to carry out our mission, including our monitoring and verification operations.

While we have taken careful precautions to limit the exposure of our personnel to the virus, on June 21 and 22, 2020, our testing procedures revealed additional cases of COVID-19 among local national staff based at our South Camp. The individuals identified by the testing were all asymptomatic. In response to the test results, we took immediate measures to quarantine the individuals in question. With assistance from the Egyptian Ministry of Health, these individuals were transferred into the care of Egyptian public health services. Our other main base, Forward Operating Base-North, and our remote sites currently have no virus cases.

 

In response, we have carefully reviewed our control measures, including access, screening, sanitization, social distancing, testing, and isolation protocols. As a result, we have further limited access to our camps and facilities, instituted additional procedures to prevent the spread of the virus, and expanded testing of our personnel. We have also invited experts from the Egyptian Ministry of Health to visit and evaluate all the anti-COVID measures we have in place. Through this tightening and expanding of our procedures, we intend to further reduce opportunities for introducing and spreading the virus at our facilities and among our personnel.

 

Both Treaty Parties continue to provide us with access to excellent medical care and facilities in their countries for COVID and non-COVID cases of illness or injury. Additionally, they continue to provide the support we need to sustain both our camps and remote sites, and all MFO facilities are well-provisioned to maintain operations.