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Egypt extends deployment of army units in Gulf and Red Sea area for 3 months

The government agrees to continue the deployment of the Egyptian armed forces in support of Saudi-led operations in Yemen and to secure the Gulf region

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 May 2015
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Egypt's government agreed Sunday to a defence ministry request to extend the deployment of Egyptian armed forces units in the Gulf area and Red Sea for another three months, or until the end of the Saudi-led operation in Yemen, whichever is earlier.

In a short statement, the cabinet said that it accepted the request "for the sake of Egyptian and Arab national security". 

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a presidential decree on 26 March 2015 to send Egyptian naval and air forces units to the Red Sea and Bab Al-Mandab Strait for 40 days as part of the Saudi-led military operation against Iranian-backed Houthi fighters. 

Egypt is participating officially with naval forces, securing the Bab Al-Mandab Strait, as well as with fighting jets that participated in airstrikes last month against Houthi targets.

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