Avenging airstrikes seen as Sisi ‘diversion’
CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was quick to launch airstrikes on militants in Libya in response to a deadly attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt, but the attacks do not seem to be targeting those responsible.
The response was popular with many Egyptians. The country’s state-owned and private news media celebrated it as swift justice, but the president has been vague about exactly who he is attacking.
The strikes have been directed at Islamist groups other than Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for Friday’s massacre of dozens in the southern province of Minya, and seem to be intended to shore up Sisi’s allies in eastern Libya.
Bombing the camps in Libya is seen as a diversion for a failure to defeat Islamists inside Egypt. Reuters