France involved in bombings of civilians in Egypt: the explosive revelations of Disclose.


The NGO Disclose revealed Sunday, November 21 the excesses of the French operation “Sirli”, in Egypt, thanks to documents “confidential-defense”. This military mission, launched in February 2016, consisted of monitoring the Egyptian Western Desert, an area of ​​700,000 km2, stretching from the Egyptian-Libyan border to the Nile. According to the media, the goal was to “Detect possible terrorist threats from Libya”. For this, a light surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft (ALSR), of the Merlin III type, was used. But the data transmitted to the Egyptian state was used “To kill civilians suspected of smuggling”. Disclose adds that “French forces were allegedly involved in at least 19 bombings against civilians, between 2016 and 2018.”

The French executive was aware of these abuses

French agents, who quickly had doubts about the use of the data by the Al-Sisi regime, have regularly tried to inform the French government. According to the notes from the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DRM) obtained by Disclose, François Hollande and Emmanuel Macron were aware of these actions, but never reacted. The investigation also explains that the mission was clandestine. No formal agreement has been signed between the two countries and their cooperation has been withheld from the public.

Egypt is a partner of France with which – as with many other countries – we maintain relations in the field of intelligence and the fight against terrorism (…) in the service of regional security and the protection of French. For obvious reasons of safety and efficiency, we will not communicate further on the nature of the cooperation mechanisms implemented in this area. “, Justified the French Ministry of the Armed Forces to AFP, specifying that Florence Parly had requested that an investigation be launched on the information disseminated by Disclose “.

The investigative media which announces other revelations within the framework of its series The memos of the Terror, devoted to the role of France in the crimes committed by the Egyptian government of Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. An episode of #EgyptPapers is released every day, until the publication of the exceptional issue of Complémentquête: ” France-Egypt: revelations on a secret operation », Thursday, November 25, at 11 pm.

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