The Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) is and independent peacekeeping organization which is headquartered in Rome and based in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Created by agreement between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Israel it is comprised of military members and from 13 nations. Australia, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, the Republic of the Fiji Islands, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the United States and Uruguay contribute contingents to make up the MFO’s Force.
Yesterday’s initial reports that a group of armed Bedouin had surrounded an installation of the Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) in Egypt’s northern Sinai desert are true. North Camp, the largest of the MFO installations, has been surrounded by about 300 armed Bedouin tribesmen demanding the release, from Egyptian custody, of five of their fellow tribesmen.