Last Updated: November 12, 2023, 08:07 IST
Washington D.C., United States of America (USA)
An American military aircraft crashed after suffering a “mishap” during training in the eastern Mediterranean, the US European Command (EUCOM) said Saturday. The EUCOM did not specify the type of plane or where it was flying from. Still, the United States has deployed a carrier strike group to the area as part of efforts to prevent the Israel-Hamas war from spiraling into a regional conflict.
“On the evening of November 10, a US military aircraft conducting training operations in the eastern Mediterranean suffered a mishap and went down,” EUCOM said in a statement. “We can definitively say that the aircraft sortie was purely related to training and there are no indications of hostile activity,” the statement said, adding: “The cause of the training incident is currently under investigation.”
Washington rushed military support to Israel and bolstered its forces in the region — including with the aircraft carrier and other warships — after Hamas carried out a cross-border attack from Gaza on October 7 that has so far resulted in the deaths of about 1,200 Israeli people. Israel’s military responded with a relentless air, land and naval assault on Gaza that the territory’s health ministry said has left more than 11,000 people dead.
(With agency inputs)