SHARM-EL-SHEIKH-The heads of Arab League countries meeting have agreed to create a joint military force. A high-level panel of military representatives will work out the structure and mechanism of the military force. Iraq, whose Shiite government is allied with non-Arab and Shiite Iran, has said more time is needed to discuss the proposed force.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi leaders of the Arab League agreed to form a joint force that would take military action against threats to the peace and security of another member state, according to a final declaration closing the two day summit.
The Egyptian military and security officials have said the proposed force would consist of up to 40,000 elite troops backed by jet fighters and warships and would be headquartered in either Cairo or Riyadh, the Saudi capital.
However, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said the Saudi-led offensive against the Houthis would continue until the militia withdraws and hand over their weapons.
Now in its fourth day, the Saudi-led air campaign has pushed Houthi rebels out of contested air bases, Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed bin Hasan Asiri told reporters. Airstrikes hit Houthi targets throughout Sunday, including air defenses, ammunition depots, and heavy weapons and vehicles the rebels had taken from government forces.
“The coalition operations in the coming days will increase pressure on the Houthi militias by targeting them. Whether it’s individual or group movement, there will no longer be any safe place in Yemen for the Houthi militias,” he told a news conference in Riyadh.
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