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Retired general: Egypt
arming Syria regime

Rebels have claimed the Syrian army is shelling Zabadani with Egyptian-manufactured missiles.

Sisi. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

BEIRUT – A retired Egyptian general known for his opposition to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has accused Cairo of arming the Syrian regime, while rebels have accused the Syrian army of shelling Zabadani with Egyptian-made missiles. 

 

“On July 22, 2015, a Ukrainian merchant ship loaded with weapons and light to intermediate military equipment was sent from our country to the Syrian regime,” retired General Samy Hassan wrote on his Twitter account.

 

“The operation to send the ship loaded with weapons to Syria was completed with orders from [Egyptian Defense Minister] Colonel General Sedki Sobhi and in coordination with the Syrian Ministry of Defense,” the former officer further claimed.

 

He did not go into more detail on the purported weapon transfer, which is the latest in a series of accusations he has leveled against the Sisi government. In the fall of 2013, Hassan claimed that Egypt and the UAE were conspiring to overthrow Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

 

Egypt missile

One of the images publicized by rebels showing an Egyptian produced rocket in Zabadani. (image via al-marsd.com)

 

Egypt’s government under Sisi officially opposes the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, however Cairo in recent months has moved closer to Damascus’ ally Russia on the diplomatic and military level.

 

During his visit to Moscow on August 26, the Egyptian leader signaled his support for an anti-ISIS alliance that would include the Syrian regime.

 

Reports have also emerged that Egypt has been working to repair its broken ties with Damascus, with Al-Quds al-Arabi saying that the two countries were moving toward rapprochement.

 

The London-based daily also cited rebel accounts that the Syrian army was shelling Zabadani with Egyptian rockets made by the state-owned Arab Organization for Industrialization.

 

The daily went on to claim that the supply of weapons to Damascus by Cairo is “a military translation of the recent Syrian-Egyptian political détente.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

The supply of weapons to Damascus by Cairo is “a military translation of the recent Syrian-Egyptian political détente.