According to media sources, the Egyptian army intends to dispatch a unit of sappers to Syria to help the Syrian army with demining the recently-regained territories in Aleppo.
Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper reported that the Egyptian engineering team will soon arrive in Syria’s Tartus port to help their Syrian counterparts as well as Russian forces in defusing mines and IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) that were planted by terrorists before fleeing from Easter Aleppo districts.
“The Egyptian military and security experts are now present in several Syrian bases and coordination centers, including the Syrian Army General Staff center in Damascus, Hama airbase, Hmeimim airbase and T4 base in the Eastern parts of Homs,” the report said.
Arab media reported that the number of the Egyptian military presence in Syria will most likely raise to 200 by the end of the current year.
This is while Cairo rejects reports of its military presence in Syria and says it respects other country’s sovereignty.
"Some Arab newspapers have reported about Egyptian military presence in Syria," the statement published on the Foreign Ministry’s Facebook page read, and added, "Egypt is committed to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries."
However, Izvestia newspaper has quoted a security source as saying that a number of Arab states, including Egypt, have changed their position on the Syrian conflict.
The source added that Cairo has understood that ISIS and other terrorist groups fighting the Syrian government are serious threats to Egypt’s security as well.