EGYPT has denied reports its forces are operating clandestinely in Syria in support of the government’s fight against extremists linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
“These claims only exist in the imagination of those who promote them,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on Sunday.
On Thursday Lebanon’s As-Safir newspaper reported that an Egyptian military unit of 18 pilots had joined an airbase in the western city of Hama in Syria.
It also claimed two Egyptian generals had been working with the Syria general staff in Damascus since October.
Last week Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi said those wishing to defeat terrorism should support the Syrian armed forces — after Saudi Arabia halted oil shipments earlier this month.
The two countries’ governments share a common enemy in the Saudi-backed Muslim Brotherhood, which staged a 1982 insurgency in Hama that left at least 10,000 dead.