Local soldier killed in helicopter crash in Egypt

Local soldier killed in helicopter crash in Egypt

A local man has been identified as one of five American soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Egypt on Thursday.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Sameh Ghabour, 27, from Marlborough, was identified as one of those who died.

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Dave Vishniac, Ghabour’s soccer goalkeeper coach and who later refereed with him, said, "As a player, [he was] very hardworking, determined to get better every day. And that really carried over to his personal life and professional life.

“He got his education, continued his refereeing and then joined the military. He was determined to fight for his country and serve for us.”

Marwan Ghabour, from Marlborough, Mass., was killed in a helicopter crash in Egypt on Nov. 12, 2020.
Marwan Ghabour, from Marlborough, Mass., was killed in a helicopter crash in Egypt on Nov. 12, 2020.

Ghabour was a student at Arlington Public Schools. According to a statement from the district, they will be conducting a moment of silence in his honor at their final home soccer game Nov. 21.

“Marwan is remembered by his teachers as a student committed to service," said Arlington High School Principal Dr. Matthew Janger. "He was proud to serve his country and we are deeply saddened by his loss and honored by his sacrifice.”

According to the Associated Press, the international force that monitors the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement confirmed the deaths of seven peacekeepers in Egypt’s Sinai region.

The Multinational Force and Observers said five Americans, a French and a Czech were killed, the Associated Press said. It said an eighth peacekeeper survived and was evacuated for medical treatment.

Jonathan Hoffman, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, tweeted the U.S. Department of Defense’s condolences along with the identifies of the five Americans killed.

The force said there is no indication the crash was “anything except an accident,” the Associated Press said.

The peacekeepers are responsible for monitoring troops levels and protecting free navigation in the area. Thirteen countries contribute troops to the force, with the U.S. providing the largest contingent.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.