Soldiers From the 101st Airborne Will Replace Troops in Sinai
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Army announced Friday that 800 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division will replace a like number of troops on duty in the Sinai Peninsula next month.
The move was described as a routine rotation that bore no relationship to the continuing hostage standoff in Beirut, Lebanon.
The Army said the 800 men of the 82nd Airborne Division had been on duty with the Multinational Force and Observers team since January and were now due to be relieved. They will return to their headquarters base at Fort Bragg, N.C., the Army said.
The 82nd will be relieved by elements of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Ky. The Army declined to say precisely when the 101st would arrive in the Sinai.
The Multinational Force and Observers is an international military unit established under a protocol between Egypt and Israel in 1981. It is responsible for supervising the 1979 peace treaty between those two governments.