ISIS’ main news agency, Amaq, claimed on September 26 that warplanes of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) had carried out a series of airstrikes on the Sinai Peninsula in eastern Egypt.
“Israeli warplanes carried out yesterday’s evening airstrikes on the areas of Rafah, Arish and southern Sheikh Zuweid,” Amaq claimed in a short press release.
The group didn’t reveal the nature of the targets which were supposedly struck by the IAF. This makes its claims highly questionable.
ISIS made several similar claims in the last few years. Egyptian sources deny that the IAF is active over Sinai. However, the terrorist group was able to prove its claims, at least once.
In September 2015, Amaq released a video showing a missile that was used to attack ISIS fighters in Sinai. The missile was identified as an Israeli-made Mikholit, which is usually launched from drones.
By making such claims, ISIS is trying to fuel anger against the Egyptian government for the supposed “cooperation with Israeli.” This narrative is widely promoted by radical Egyptian parties.