Egypt Independent

The NewYork Times report on Israeli raids in North Sinai is not ‘credible’ : Military spokesperson



Egypt’s military spokesperson Tamer El-Refaai told Egypt Independent on Sunday that the 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 is not ‘credible’.

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 denied the authenticity of the published report, saying 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 stressed 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.