The Egyptian military has received authorization from the government to carry out strikes in the Gaza Strip, Egyptian media reported on Sunday.
Egyptian security forces in the northern Sinai peninsula – Photo: AFP/File
According to the reports, the Egyptian government’s legal adviser sanctioned the legitimacy of an attack in Gaza following the Supreme Court’s decision to label Hamas a terrorist group on Saturday.
Senior Egyptian officials believe the likelihood of an Egyptian military attack in Gaza is slim, and that the decision was likely made as a deterrent measure and to hint that the military option is on the table in light of Hamas involvement in terrorist attacks in Egypt.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh el-Sissi arrived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Sunday and met with King Salman as part of efforts to create a united Arab front against Islamist extremism.