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Unit 777

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Unit 777 is an Egyptian counter-terrorist unit created in 1977 and developed with help from the UK and U.S. special operations communities.

Their only notable operation was an attempted hostage rescue from a hijacked jetliner on Malta in 1985, following the execution of two passengers. At least 57 hostages were killed in the resulting battle. Many hostages were killed directly by Unit 777's actions, including an attempt to breach the roof of the aircraft with explosive charges and the sniper element killing hostages as they attempted to escape from the aircraft. The aircraft was destroyed in the resulting fire and there was nearly a friendly fire incident between Unit 777 and local forces.

Obviously, Unit 777's international reputation was sullied by the incident, and has not notably improved since. It is believed that the U.S. still contributes training and technical assistance to Unit 777.


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