CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi visited Wednesday a western military base in Marsa Matrouh, near the border with Libya, in order to inspect the location and be updated on the readiness of the military forces, Youm7 reported.
A day after the branch of the Islamic State (IS) group released a video of beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were kidnapped in Sirte in early January, Egypt launched airstrikes on IS’s alleged haven in Libya’s Derna, and Sirte Monday in coordination with Libya’s Tobruk-based government.
A military official told Youm7 Monday that Egypt is considering sending special ground troops to Libya, saying “Egypt may send the Task Force 999 [an Egyptian military special operations and reconnaissance unit for international operations] to Libya.”
The unit forces would coordinate with Libyan security forces in the areas along the Mediterranean coast, the official added.
President Sisi called for a United Nations Security Council resolution to intervene in Libya to “put an end to terrorism,” in a Tuesday interview with a French Radio station.
The United Nation Security Council is scheduled to hold emergency consultations on Libya Wednesday afternoon.