Israel has been helping its southern neighbor Egypt to battle Islamic insurgents in the Sinai. i24 news is reporting that in recent months, the IDF launched airstrikes against weapons convoys travelling from the restive peninsula to the Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror groups in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian sources said the first attack took place in November 2018, with the most recent taking place in May of this year. Shipments to the Hamas-controlled enclave are believed to have included Iranian missiles meant for use against Israel’s civilian population.
Israel shares a 51 kilometer border with Gaza, and 240 kilometer frontier with Sinai. Jerusalem and Cairo have been jointly-combating terror since Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took office in 2013, after Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was ousted from power.
This past January, Sisi described the Arab Republic’s military cooperation with Israel against Islamic State-affiliated militias in the Sinai as having reached “unprecedented levels.”