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To Intervene or To Not Intervene?

This is apparently the question on the minds of Egypt's powers that be as Amr Moussa suggests that military intervention in Libya could be on the cards, in response to the death of 21 Egyptian soldiers on the border.

In a statement released on Saturday, former foreign minister and former secretary-general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa opined that Egypt should consider military intervention in Libya. In his statement, Moussa said "The situation in Libya is a major concern for Egypt, Libya's neighbouring countries, and the Arab world at large." Based on this statement, and Moussa’s closeness to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, there has been speculation that the possibility of an armed response by the Egyptian government in their western neighbour is on the table. Moussa’s statement has come after the deaths of 21 Egyptian soldiers near the Libyan-Egyptian border.

There has, however, been some backlash against Moussa’s statement. Former army officer Khaled Okasha told newspaper Al-Watan that "a seasoned politician should know the limits of state intervention in other countries, even if they represent a threat to us." The foreign affairs spokesperson declined to comment on Moussa’s statement.