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'UAE buying arms from Israel'

Israeli war planes seen during a training excercise [U.S. Air Force photo/Wikipedia]
Israeli war planes [U.S. Air Force photo/Wikipedia]

The UAE is buying arms and drones from Israel, Maariv newspaper reported yesterday.

The Israeli paper published information revealed by the French magazine Intelligence Online which claimed Israeli arms companies, Aeronautics and Albeit, are supplying the UAE with arms. Israeli-made drones are also being supplied to Egypt and to the head of the Libyan National Army General Khalifa Haftar, both of whom are backed by the UAE, the paper added.

The UAE has also used Israeli defence systems to protect its oil fields following its military strikes on Libya in support of Haftar's forces.

Maariv described the co-founder of the Israeli company Aeronautics Avi Leumi as the most powerful Israeli businessmen in the UAE.

It added that former commander of the Israeli Air Force, Eitan Ben Eliyahu, helped Leumi make deals with the UAE.

Relations between Israel and the UAE have strengthened since the opening of the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi in 2015.

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