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Egypt Extends Participation in Anti-Houthi Operation in Yemen for 3 Months

Sputnik News

02:23 04.05.2015

The Egyptian government has decided to prolong the mandate for its troops' involvement in the Saudi-led operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen for 3 months, Egyptian TV reports say.

CAIRO (Sputnik) – The decision was made on Sunday at the request of Egypt's Ministry of Defense with the aim of protecting Egypt's national security and the security of the Arab world.

Yemen has been in a state of turmoil since Houthi opposition forces seized the capital Sanaa, forcing Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and his government to resign in January. The president later renounced his resignation and asked the Arab League for military support.

Following Hadi's request, a Saudi Arabia-led coalition starting launching airstrikes against Houthi positions in Yemen.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Sisi ordered to send a contingent of the country's armed forces to participate in the Saudi-led Decisive Storm military operation on March 26, the same day that the start of the air campaign was announced.

On April 21, the coalition said it had completed the Decisive Storm military operation and announced the start of its Restoring Hope campaign, saying it would focus on counter-terrorism and humanitarian efforts and the revival of political dialogue between Hadi supporters and Houthi rebels.

Meanwhile, Shiite Houthi forces continue to fight against forces loyal to Hadi in Yemen, particularly in the south of the country.


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