Al-Sisi: Egyptian Army Collaborates with Israel in Sinai

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said that Israel has collaborated with Egypt in its Sinai operations, stressing that relations between the two countries have strengthened during his term in office.

During a televised interview � of which US news channel CBS News broadcast only excerpts � Al-Sisi said that,

Al-Sisi added that the Egyptian army is cooperating with its Israeli counterpart to confront terrorism in the Sinai, which borders Israel in Egypt’s northeast.

For four years, the Egyptian army has been waging military operations in the Sinai. It alleges its aim is to fight terrorist groups, most notably the Sinai Province group which announced its allegiance to Daesh in late 2014.

However, organizations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) have claimed that,

On other topics, when asked about the validity of human rights reports that 60,000 political prisoners had been detained in Egypt, Al-Sisi replied:

CBS News added that the Egyptian ambassador to Washington, Yasser Reda, asked the channel not to broadcast the interview, but it confirmed the full broadcast will go ahead on Sunday.

Source: Palestine Chronicle