Egyptian president confirms no troops going to Yemen

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi confirms no troops to be sent to Yemen, following the Kafr Al Sheikh stadium attack that claimed the lives of two military students

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi attended the morning queue in which all students of The Egyptian army’s military academy gather on a daily basis, in a surprise visit following the death of two students. In the visit the president confirmed his country will not send any ground troops to Yemen.

The students were killed when a bomb detonated under the bus, taking them from a football stadium in the northern city of Kafr Al Sheikh back to Cairo last Wednesday, six other students were injured. “Only air forces and navy forces were sent to Yemen, and there hasn’t been or will be any Egyptian troops on the Yemeni lands without clear prior notice,” confirmed Sisi, explaining that Egypt hasn’t excluded the possibility of a political solution that can save time and effort for all parties involved.

He added that no decisions are made unilaterally at the moment, and all the steps Egypt is taking at the moment is aimed at the greater good of the country as a whole, according to Al Masry Al Youm news website. Sisi urged students to have faith in Egypt’s future, praised their performance and that their sacrifice is “what’s lighting the path for the country.” “Our developmental plans go uninterrupted with our war against terrorism,” said Sisi commenting on the recent unrest in Sinai, blaming the extremist religious, preaching that should be “eradicated” and substituted with tolerant and forgiving principles, which is one of the tasks the upcoming parliament should work on, he said.

Army general Sedki Sobhy, Egyptian minister of defense, and other top army commanders accompanied the president in his visit.

They all attended the morning queue and fitness routine, then had breakfast with the students. The Egyptian army is a part of the Saudi led Arab Coalition that’s currently executing military air strikes operations in Yemen after it’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh called for help to “save Yemen” from Houthi rebels. The coalition announced today the attack on rocket silos west of Yemeni Capital Sanaa, and also targeting the presidential guard forces that are in support of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Today marks the 23rd day of the Saudi-Egyptian coalition air strikes.

TRTWorld and agencies