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Israel's 'air strikes' in Sinai show its growing Arab ties

BBC News

Over the weekend the New York Times carried a fascinating scoop.

Under the headline "Secret Alliance: Israel Carries Out Airstrikes in Egypt, With Cairo's O.K." its correspondent, David D. Kirkpatrick provided details of a remarkable and highly secret military relationship.

"For more than two years," he wrote, "unmarked Israeli drones, helicopters and jets have carried out a covert air campaign, conducting more than 100 airstrikes inside Egypt, frequently more than once a week — and all with the approval of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi."

While Egypt has had a peace deal with Israel since 1979, it is widely characterised as a "cold peace".

Even now any collaboration - let alone sanctioned air strikes - is rarely acknowledged.


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