Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces General Hassan Firouzabadi blasted the Thursday militant attacks on Sinai desert that killed tens of Egyptians, saying the perpetrators of the attacks are collaborating with Israel.
“Those who attack the Egyptian people and army headquarters in Sinai desert and start fire and do massacre, whoever they are, knowingly or unknowingly, helping the Israeli occupiers,” Firouzabadi said on Saturday.
“The Islamic forces are deployed in Sinai desert to prevent the Zionists’ aggression on Muslim territories, including the strategic Sinai peninsula, and attacking them is foolishness,” he added.
At least 27 people were killed, including civilians, and over 30 injured in a series of militant attacks in Egypt’s North Sinai province on Thursday night.
According to a health ministry official who spoke to state TV, several army and police positions were targeted in the province’s el-Arish capital.
The office of state newspaper al-Ahram was reportedly damaged in the assault. The province – which is located in Egypt’s remote desert region and borders the Gaza Strip, occupied lands and the Suez Canal – has been facing an insurgency which has claimed the lives of hundreds of security officers in the region.
On Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham Strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in the Sinai.
“Such terrorist acts are pursuant of the policy to get Muslim states busy with trivial issues to keep them far away from the Muslim world top priority issue of supporting the Palestinian nation and protecting the Holy Quds,” Afkham said.
She further underlined the need for the collective efforts of the regional countries to fight extremism and terrorism.