Army spokesperson denies The New York Times report on Israeli raids in North
Taha Sakr Egypt Independent February 4, 2018 4:16 pm
Egypt’s military spokesperson Tamer El-Refaai denied on Sunday the
authenticity of a recently published report by The New York Times in which
the US-based newspaper claimed that Israel has launched air strikes against
Islamic State targets in North Sinai with Egyptian approval.
The report claimed that Israel launched air strikes that targeted IS
stationing points in North Sinai in coordination with Egypt as part of a
secret military co-operation operation between the two countries.
The Egyptian military spokesperson said that the Egyptian army is the sole
entity that is conducting military operations in co-operation with local
police forces in certain areas in North Sinai.
He added that the report is inaccurate and not credible, calling on media
outlets to first investigate the accuracy of what is being published.
The New York Times mentioned in its report that secret military co-operation
between Egypt and Israel facilitated the execution of more than 100 air
strikes on Egyptian territory conducted by Israeli drones and fighters.
It noted that the air strikes have been carried out for more than two years
and with the approval of Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.