IS Claims Israel Attacked Sinai Affiliate

YERUSHALAYIM -

The Islamic State-linked Amaq News Agency claimed on Tuesday that an Israeli airstrike killed several IS members in the Sinai Desert on Monday night.

The incident took place in the Egyptian town of Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai, where two Israeli Apache helicopters, accompanied by two drones, entered Egyptian airspace at around 11 p.m., according to a report quoted by The Jerusalem Post.

However, Egyptian media reports said that it was the Egyptian military, not the Israeli, which attacked the IS positions.

Col. Yehuda Hacohen, the commander of the IDF’s Sagi Brigade, stationed on the Egyptian border, told Army Radio in September that it is only a matter of time before Islamic State’s affiliate in Sinai attempts to carry out a terrorist attack against Israel.

The organization, formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, swore loyalty to Islamic State last year, changing its name to Sinai Province.