Does Sisi Send Weapons to Assad? Egyptian-Made Ammunition Left by Regime Forces in Aleppo

A photo of Egyptian-made bullets, which the Syrian rebels claim to have found in a warehouse used by Al-Assad regime forces in West Aleppo, was circulated on the social media, according to al-Arabi al-Jadeed.

Jaish al-Fatah -a Syrian rebel group- have released images it claims to show Egyptian ammunition found in a warehouse used by regime forces in Minyan, West Aleppo.

The photo on Twitter shows a large collection of bullets in boxes labeled “Egypt, Factory 27”, referring to their manufacturing place.

In fact, factory 27 is an Egyptian government-owned factory in Cairo owned by Shobra Company for Engineering Industries, and produces light arms ammunition.

It has not been possible to ascertain the actual time or location of the photo, and al-Arabi al-Jadeed cannot independently verify the authenticity of the image. “However, there have been constant claims that the cash-strapped Egyptian government is supplying the Syrian regime with urgently needed arms, “said al-Arabi al-Jadeed.

Recently, Egypt started to get closer to the Russian and Iranian camp regarding the Syrian file.

Egypt has voted in favor of a Russian-backed draft resolution in the UN Security Council on Syria, which was opposed by Saudi Arabia.

As a result, Egypt’s stance has angered Egypt’s major Gulf backer which condemned Egypt’s vote and described it with the” painful” stance.

After the voting, the Saudi ambassador to the UN, Abduallah al-Mouallimi said, “It was painful that the Senegalese and Malaysian stance was closer to the Arab’s consensus than the Egyptian delegation.”

He also said that he feels pity for these countries that voted for the Russian resolution, stressing that his country will continue backing the Syrian people by all means.

Two days following the voting, Saudi state-owned oil company Aramco announced halting oil product supply to Egypt. The sudden halt, triggered a scornful media campaign against Saudi Arabia, as it was seen as a political decision. On the other side, Saudi journalists and media men criticized the Egyptian regime and blamed the kingdom or its financial generosity to al-Sisi regime.

In the same context, Syrian National Security Bureau chief Ali Mamlouk made an official visit to Cairo in October where he met with General Khaled Fawzy, the head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service, as well as other senior security officials.

Syria’s state news agency SANA reported that “The two sides agreed to coordinate political stances,” adding that they also decided to “strengthen coordination in the fight against terrorism.” In addition, Egypt has recently announced that it would assist the Syrian regime in the siege of Aleppo by helping to deliver aid as reported by al-Arabi al-Jadeed.