Egyptian military - Reuters
CAIRO – 4 February 2018: There is no such “secret alliance” between Egypt and Israel in fighting terrorism in North Sinai, Military Spokesperson Tamer al-Refaei told Egypt Today on Sunday, denying the New York Time’s report on Israeli airstrikes inside Egyptian territory.
“The Egyptian Armed Forces, as part of law enforcement forces, is entrusted with all military operations in cooperation with the civilian police, as stipulated by the law and constitution in the designated areas,” Refaei said.
He urged media outlets to refer to the official and competent authorities to fact check information. The New York Times published a Saturday article claiming that Israeli jets carried out more than 100 airstrikes over two years to help defeat militants in North Sinai.
A military official told Shorouk News on Sunday that “Egypt does not accept that any country interferes within its borders because it is capable of counter terrorism without the assistance of any state.”
“It is the Armed Forces that confronts the terrorist and takfiri elements in some limited areas in North Sinai,” the source added.
The Egyptian military “is making great successes against terrorist elements and regaining security once again in these areas,” the source continued.