Intercepted chatter by IS militants shared; Egyptian investigators ‘90% sure’ bomb brought down Russian plane
Israel provided intelligence, including intercepted chatter from Islamic State fighters in Sinai to the United States and Britain in order to help with the investigation into why a Russian passenger plane broke apart in mid-air, CNN reported Sunday.
While Israeli officials would not comment on the claims, Egyptian investigators said that they are “90 percent sure” that the noise they heard in the final second of the cockpit recording was the sound of an explosion caused by a bomb.
“The indications and analysis so far of the sound on the black box indicate it was a bomb,” Reuters quoted a member of the Egyptian investigation team as saying.
“We are 90 percent sure it was a bomb.”
Seliman al-Oteifi (Egyptian Prime Minister’s office/AFP)
“Wreckage of the crashed Russian airliner in the mountainous Hassana area of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula”
Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told reporters at a Moscow airport on Sunday that some 11,000 Russian tourists had been repatriated in the previous 24 hours.
“Today is the busiest day in this sense,” he said, adding that more people were set to return home later on Sunday.
Russia had halted flights to Egypt after dismissing growing evidence that the plane might have been bombed by jihadists in an apparent act of revenge for Moscow’s bombing campaign in Syria.
President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman insisted the decision to suspend flights did not mean that Moscow believed the crash was caused by a deliberate attack.
Political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky said on Russian radio: “Putin understands that this is a terror attack, an attack which is a direct consequence of the military adventure in Syria which could not and cannot be justified from the point of view of Russia’s national interests.”
Summing up what the Kremlin was likely thinking, he added: “But on the other hand, let’s pretend that this is not true.”
Russia’s Emergency Ministry/AFP
“Russian emergency services personnel and Egyptian servicemen work at the crash site in Sinai on November 2, 2015”
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