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Military spox denies NYT report on Egypt-Israel 'secret alliance'

Israel strikes continue in Egypt's Sinai for years

The weekend also served up a highly publicized report by The New York Times that Israeli forces had carried out more than 100 airstrikes in Egypt over the course of more than two years with Cairo's approval. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, unlike his predecessor Mohammed Morsi, is considered to be close ally of Israel and U.S. and their partners in the region.

Israeli and Egyptian officials refused to confirm or comment on the report, which the paper said was based on interviews with seven current or former British and American officials involved in Middle East policy, all speaking on condition of anonymity. Cairo and Tel Aviv have also close intelligence cooperation.

Israel and Egypt have become "secret allies" in an effort to drive Islamic State-affiliated terrorists out of North Sinai, a report said.

In an unprecedented revelation, New York Times has claimed that Israel has been conducting a years-long campaign of airstrikes in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula with Cairo's blessing.

According to the United States sources, Israel began its airstrikes following the capture of a north Sinai town by the Islamists and the downing of a Russian charter jet over Sinai in October 2014 that killed 224 people.

Egypt and Jordan are the only two Arab nations with peace treaties with Israel.

The report said the buffer zone will destroy dozens of hamlets around the airport, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes for an unknown future, sparking some protest by residents despite the government promises of compensation. "Shared enemies like ISIS, Iran and political Islam have quietly brought the leaders of several Arab states into growing alignment with Israel - even as their officials and news media continue to vilify the Jewish state in public".

There is no such "secret alliance" between Egypt and Israel in fighting terrorism in North Sinai, Military Spokesperson Tamer al-Refaei told Egypt Today on Sunday, denying the New York Time's report on Israeli airstrikes inside Egyptian territory.

"Israel does not want the bad stuff that is happening in the Egyptian Sinai to get into Israel", he said.