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Arab leaders plan military force

Arab leaders have agreed to the principle of creating a joint Arab military force in the face of the "challenges" facing the region, Egypt's president said.

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi made the comment during the closing session of a two-day Arab summit in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Mr el-Sissi said a high-level panel will work under the supervision of Arab chiefs of staff to work out the structure and mechanism of the force.

Already, a Saudi-led coalition is staging air strikes against positions of Shia rebels in Yemen and their allies.

However, it is unlikely that all 22 member nations of the Arab League will join the proposed force.

Egyptian officials said the proposed force would be made up of roughly 40,000 elite troops and backed by jets, warships and light armour.

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