PARTLY FALSE: The US didn’t cancel all military aid to Egypt in September 2022 | by PesaCheck | Sep, 2022

The US provided most of the $300 million annual military aid to Egypt.

A Facebook post claiming the United States of America (USA) cancelled all kinds of military aid to Egypt in September 2022 is PARTLY FALSE.

“Breaking: God fought on our behalf,” the post in Afaan Oromo, shared on 15 September 2022, reads in part.

“America announced earlier today that it imposed sanctions on Egypt. The statement affirms that America will not provide any kind of military assistance to Egypt,” the post adds.

Egypt is the third biggest recipient of US military assistance after Ukraine and Israel globally.

However, the claim that the US has imposed sanctions on Egypt and cancelled all military aid to the North African country is partly false.

The New York Times, Associated Press, and Reuters reported that although US senior lawmakers proposed the withholding of the full annual military aid to Egypt amounting to $300 million, Washington announced on 14 September 2022 that it will give most of the allocated military assistance to that country.

Subsequently, the US withheld $130 million in military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns but gave $170 million for showing improvements.

Although the Joe Biden administration withheld a portion of the military financial assistance to the North African country over human rights concerns, the claim that the US cancelled all kinds of military assistance is not true.

PesaCheck has investigated a Facebook post claiming the US cancelled all military aid to Egypt in September 2022 and finds it to be PARTLY FALSE.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organizations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake news or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck senior fact-checker Tolera Gemta and edited by PesaCheck senior copy editor Cédrick Irakoze and acting chief copy editor Francis Mwaniki.

The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.

PesaCheck is East Africa’s first public finance fact-checking initiative. It was co-founded by Catherine Gicheru and Justin Arenstein, and is being incubated by the continent’s largest civic technology and data journalism accelerator: Code for Africa. It seeks to help the public separate fact from fiction in public pronouncements about the numbers that shape our world, with a special emphasis on pronouncements about public finances that shape government’s delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) public services, such as healthcare, rural development and access to water / sanitation. PesaCheck also tests the accuracy of media reportage. To find out more about the project, visit

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Publish date : 2022-09-23 14:56:26

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