Sunday,17 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1381, (15 - 21 February 2018)
Sunday,17 February, 2019
Issue 1381, (15 - 21 February 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Postive reaction

Reem Leila reveals world reaction to the army’s military operations in Sinai



Arabic and international newspapers reported positively on the comprehensive operations of Sinai 2018 being carried out by the Armed Forces in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and other state institutions. The operation aims to uproot terrorism within three months.

The UAE daily Gulf News praised Sinai 2018 in its editorial. “It was unacceptable for terrorism to continue in Sinai in particular and in Egypt as a whole, targeting Egyptian security by killing, vandalising, destroying and bombing.”

“The Egypt we know is strong and capable, therefore, it began its great battle against terrorism which distorted Islam’s image which is one of tolerance, peace, harmony, love and brotherhood,” the newspaper said.

British newspapers were equally supportive. “Al-Sisi fulfils his promise,” the Times stated. “The biggest African army besieges terrorists,” it said. The Telegraph described the war as “an unprecedented move”.  

The German weekly magazine Der Spiegel showed Egyptian public support for the operation and stated that [President Abdel-Fattah] Al-Sisi is a “national hero”.

The Kuwaiti Al-Jarida described the operation as “one of the biggest military operations against takfiri groups”.

The Israeli Yediot Ahronot said it was not clear what the nature of the operation was and why it came before the presidential elections, noting that it was somewhat puzzling. The newspaper continued, “In the past few days, there were reports of serious military reinforcements of the Egyptian army in Sinai” and described them as “unprecedented reinforcements”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Israeli media not to publish reports about the Egyptian army operation in Sinai in order not to be misunderstood by Egyptians.

Meanwhile, the French Le Monde quoted French President Emmanuel Macron as saying “it is unreasonable that terrorism and a gang would defeat a big country like Egypt which has a big army.”

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