Egypt Independent

Israeli troop deployments not targeting Egypt, official sources say

Israel has confirmed in a report that the extra troops it is deploying along the Egypt-Israel border are targeting Palestinian Jihad suspects that plan further attacks on Israel, according to high ranking Egyptian officials.

Israel had announced on Monday the deployment of additional Israeli troops along the Egypt-Israel border.

In mid August, Palestinian militants infiltrated into southern Israel from Egyptian territory and killed 8 Israelis. In the process of pursuing the militants, Israeli forces killed 5 Egyptian soldiers in Egyptian territory.

The sources did not explain if Israel requested help from Egypt in its effort to prevent further attacks, but it assured that it is not targeting Egypt in any way.

Translated from the Arabic Edition