On July 30, the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) revealed details on the alleged deployment of Egyptian troops in Syria.
Maj. Youssef al-Hamoud, a spokesman for the group, said 148 Egyptian service members had arrived in Syria through the Hama Air Base on three batches.
“Two batches arrived last Sunday [July 26] from the city of Ismailia to Hama Air Base, they numbered 98, most of them officers of various ranks, they were transported to Aleppo countryside and stationed in Khan al-Asal,” Maj. al-Hamoud said, adding “On Monday [July 27] morning, a batch arrived from Cairo Airport to Hama Air Base, they numbered 50 service members and they were taken to the town of Saraqib on the same day.”
The SNA’s spokesman said the Egyptian troops were on a “training and combat” mission. He also claimed that they were coordinating with Iranian forces.
Earlier, the Turkish Anadolu Agency reported that Egypt had deployed 150 troops in northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib in order to support the Syrian Arab Army. The stat-run agency cited a “military source,” which may have been Maj. Youssef al-Hamoud himself.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights dismissed all of these claims, saying that no Egyptian troops were deployed in any part of Syria.
The Anadolu Agency and the SNA are yet to back their claims with any solid evidence. No flights from Egypt to Syria were reported on July 26 or 27, which indicate that these claims are likely false.
Currently, there is a political confrontation between Egypt and Turkey in Libya. The new claims of Egyptian deployment in Syria could be a part of the ongoing propaganda against Cairo.