Turkey extends military deployment near Yemen
The Turkish Parliament has extended the deployment of its forces in the Gulf of Aden, Somalia and the Red Sea for one more year, the Middle East Monitor reported.
Yemen is currently enduring a civil war which erupted in September 2014, when Houthi rebels took over the capital city, Sana’a. A Saudi-led coalition was invited in March 2015 to neutralise territorial threats by the group.
Turkey's decision to extend its troops' deployment comes off the back of last month’s Turkish defence plan to deploy 60,000 troops in bases abroad, including Qatar, the outlet said.
Turkey already has 3,000 troops deployed near the Red Sea in Somalia, in addition to a military base in Sudan’s Suakin Island.
The Suakin redevelopment project, and the increased Turkish presence in the region, have caused worry among Somalia’s northern neighbour Egypt.
Yemen’s internationally recognised President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s forces continue to advance on the Houthi stronghold of Saada governorate, northern Yemen, Middle East Monitor said.