Egypt’s El-Sisi says army will defend Gulf Arabs in case of direct threat

Egypt's President Sisi spoke on the second day since sanctions against Iran were reintroduced. (File/AFP)
Updated 06 November 2018

Egypt’s El-Sisi says army will defend Gulf Arabs in case of direct threat

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said the army will come to the defense of Gulf Arabs if they face any direct threats, a pro-government newspaper said on Tuesday.
Youm7 newspaper also quoted El-Sisi as saying in response to a question on US sanctions on Iran: “Instability affects us all and any state that has instability affects all of us.”

El-Sisi also said media coverage played a "negative role" in the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Turkey last month.
He told reporters on Tuesday: "We need to stop and wait for the relevant authorities and judicial bodies in Saudi Arabia to announce the outcome of the investigations."


Lebanon says Israel sent drone over Hezbollah area

Updated 13 October 2019

Lebanon says Israel sent drone over Hezbollah area

BEIRUT: The Lebanese army on Sunday accused Israel of sending a reconnaissance drone at the weekend over Beirut's southern suburbs, a bastion of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group.
On August 25, two explosives-laden drones were sent to the same area. One of them exploded, sparking a dangerous escalation between Hezbollah and Israel.
On Saturday night, "one of the Israel enemy's reconnaissance drones violated Lebanese air space... overflew the southern suburbs and left," the army said in a statement.
The Iran-backed Hezbollah is represented in Lebanon's government and parliament but is considered a terrorist organisation by Israel and Washington, which has stepped up the financial pressure on the organisation.
The August incident heightened regional tensions, which culminated in a cross-border exchange of fire in early September.
Hezbollah vowed then that it would shoot down any Israeli drones violating Lebanon's air space.