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Egypt receives first batch of mine-resistant armored vehicles from US

US embassy: ‘Today’s delivery is the first batch of a total 762 MRAP vehicles that the United States will transfer to Egypt’

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Egypt has received on Thursday its first batch of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles from the United States, the state-run Ahram Online reported the US embassy in Cairo as saying in a statement.

“Today’s delivery is the first batch of a total 762 MRAP vehicles that the United States will transfer to Egypt,” said the statement.

It added: “This delivery of MRAPs is part of the US Department of Defense’s Excess Defense Articles grant program, in which the vehicles are transferred at no-cost to the government of Egypt.”

The embassy said the new vehicles were originally designed for US military operations in Afghanistan but they will be used to combat terrorism in the region.

Militants in Egypt have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in attacks, mostly in the Sinai Peninsula but also in and around Cairo.

On Sunday, ISIS’s Egyptian branch claimed a shooting that killed eight policemen south of Cairo.