July 12, 2016
In Italy’s first tangible step against Egypt, the Italian Chamber of Deputies definitively decided to cease supplying Egypt with spare parts for its F-16 aircraft. The move comes as part of Italy’s escalation against Egypt following the killing of Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo. The Italian side justified its decision as a response to the procrastination of Egypt and its security agencies in disclosing the real circumstances of Regeni’s death. In this regard a number of experts claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood is the prime force behind the decision, which came after repeated sit-ins organized by the group recently in Italy denouncing the violence in Egypt. Sameh Eid, an expert in political Islam, noted that the Muslim Brotherhood is behind the decision of the Italian Parliament to stop supplying Egypt with spare F-16 parts, especially after organizing demonstrations during Ramadan condemning the killing of student Giulio Regeni.