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There are no Egyptian ground troops in Yemen: Saudi-led coalition spokesman

The coalition criticised media reports claiming that Egypt sent up to 800 ground troops to Yemen on Tuesday

Ahram Online , Friday 11 Sep 2015
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The official spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Defense Gen. Ahmed Hassan al-Asiri speaks during news conference in Riyadh March 26, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)
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Saudi military spokesman General Ahmed Asiri dismissed on Friday reports that Egyptian and Sudanese ground troops have been deployed in Yemen.

In an interview with Saudi state TV, Asiri criticised media reports claiming that Egypt has recently sent 800 ground troops to Yemen on Tuesday, describing the reports as "inaccurate".

"If there were any of those troops [Egyptian and Sudanese] on the ground, we would have immediately announced the news as it is not a secret," Asiri said.

Since March, the Egyptian air force and navy have taken part in the Saudi-led Arab military coalition against Yemen's Houthi rebels, an Iran-backed Shia militant group which had seized large parts of the country.

In August 2015, Egypt extended by six months deployment of troops abroad.

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