Egypt opens naval base near Libya border
July 5, 2021 - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has opened a large naval base on the Mediterranean Sea near the Libyan border, the latest example of the government’s military build-up.
The July 3 base is located in the Gargoub area, around 255km west of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.
The base is named after the day in 2013 when al-Sisi, as a defence minister, led the military’s overthrow of an elected Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, amid nationwide protests against his divisive rule.
Egypt has in recent years modernised its military, purchasing sophisticated weapons and opening bases across the nation.
In 2017, Egypt opened a military base in the country’s northwestern province of Marsa Matrouh. It said the base, named after late President Mohammed Naguib, an Egyptian army officer who became the country’s first president in 1950s, is the largest in the Middle East.