Egyptian militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed Aug. 10 that an air-strike that killed four of its fighters in the Sinai peninsula the previous day was carried out by an Israeli drone. But Egypt’s military denied there had been any Israeli strikes in Egyptian territory, and later said its own aircraft had carried out the attack. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, with a following among the Sinai’s Bedouin tribes, accused the Egyptian military of co-ordinating the attack with Israel. “Our heroes became martyrs during their jihadi duties against the Jews in a rocket attack on occupied lands,” the group said in a statement. “How can the Egyptian army allow the Zionist unmanned planes to cross into Egyptian territory?” A motorcade funeral for the fallen fighters made its way through through several border towns in Sinai—with dozens of militants in pick-up trucks flying their black flag in defiance of the army. Egypt’s armed forces have killed 60 jihadist fighters in the Sinai in the month since Mohamed Morsi was ousted. (AFP, Al Jazeera, Aug. 10)
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