The ISIS news agency Amaq claimed that the Israeli Air Force had carried out airstrikes on its positions near the village of Zoweid in early January. Amaq also released a photo claiming that it shows the impact of the alleged Israeli strike.
Rumors that the Israeli Air Force carries out strikes in Egypt’s North Sinai have been circulating in the Israeli media for a long time. They have never been confirmed. Furthermore, the Egyptian military has decounced these rumors as false.
In a recent interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi stressed that Egyptian warplanes”sometimes” use Israeli airspace to carry out airstrikes on terrorists in the framework of the ongoing anti-terrorist campaign in the North Sinai region.
It’s highly possible that Amaq’s recent claims are an attempt to use Israeli-fueled rumors in order to boost its propaganda campaign against the Egyptian government.