ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The United Nations says three crew members have died after an Ethiopian military helicopter crashed into the composition of the UN peacekeeping mission for the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border.
The statement says that 23 passengers were on board when the helicopter crashed on Saturday morning while transporting Ethiopian soldiers. Ten passengers are injured, three in critical condition. The UN force says the cause of the collapse is not immediately known.
Ethiopia is the only troop-promoting contributor to the UN mission with approx. 4,500 employees on the ground. 19659003] Both Sudan and South Sudan claim ownership of the oil-rich Abyei area.