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Five US service members killed in Mediterranean plane crash

Washington bolstered its forces in the region amid Israel, Hamas war
This handout picture courtesy of the US Navy released on October 15, 2023 shows Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Wesley Moore, from Tampa, Fla., observes an F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, landing on the flight deck of the world’s largest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, October 13, 2023. (AFP)
This handout picture courtesy of the US Navy released on October 15, 2023 shows Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Wesley Moore, from Tampa, Fla., observes an F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, landing on the flight deck of the world’s largest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, October 13, 2023. (AFP)

Five American service members were killed when a military aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean during a training exercise, the US European Command (EUCOM) said Sunday.

EUCOM did not specify the type of plane or where it was flying from, but 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.

“During a routine air refueling mission as part of military training, a US military aircraft carrying five service members suffered a mishap and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. All five of the service members onboard the aircraft were killed,” EUCOM said in a statement on the November 10 accident.

Washington rushed military support to Israel and bolstered its forces in the region – including with the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier and other warships – after the Hamas carried out a shock cross-border attack from Gaza on October 7 that Israeli officials say killed about 1,200 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.

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