File Photo: Egyptian army soldiers stand guard in North Sinai (Reuters)
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.