Libya\u2019s coastal city of Sirte, a strategic gateway to major oil facilities, has just been defined by Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi as a red line which might get Egypt to execute military operations to protect its national security.\r\n\r\nThis morning, President Sisi has warned of direct intervension in <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/?s=libya">Libya<\/a> if the militant operations between the warring partied have reached to Sirte, in reference to the Turkish-backed militias who are fighting to control the coastal city, the stronghold of the Libyan National Army (LNA).\r\n\r\nThe Egyptian President said in a speech which was aired on state TV: "We stand today in a decisive phase," adding: "On our borders, direct threats are established that require us to join hands and collaborate, not between us, but with our brothers from the Libyan people and friendly countries to protect and defend our countries and the resources of our peoples from the aggression waged by terrorist and mercenary armed militias with the full support of external forces."\r\n\r\nHe noted that any direct interference from the Egyptian state has now acquired international legitimacy, "either within the framework of the United Nations Charter in terms of the right to self-defense or based on the sole legitimate authority elected by the Libyan people, the House of Representatives."\r\n\r\nIn specific, President Sisi warned that Sirte and Al-Jafra constitute a "red line," and he said, "If some people think that they can cross the Sirte line or Al-Jafra, this is to us a red line."\r\n\r\nThe city of Sirte, which is the birthplace of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, is located 300 km from the European coast and in the middle of the coastal road between Tripoli and Benghazi, where the Libyan government is parallel to the east.\r\n\r\nIn 2015, it fell to ISIS, which took advantage of the chaos in Libya after Gaddafi's fall to expand in several areas of the country. Al-Wefaq government forces retook them in 2016, before General Khalifa Haftar took control of them last January.\r\n\r\nSo what makes the city a strategic point?\r\n\r\nThe city is about a thousand kilometers from the Egyptian borders, and it is halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi on the Libyan coast, it is located about 450 kilometers from the capital Tripoli and 600 kilometers from Benghazi.\r\n\r\nAnd there are important military bases such as Al-Qardabiya air base, which is 16 kilometers south of Sirte, and not far from it is the Al-Jufra air base, which is one of the largest Libyan military bases.\r\n\r\nThe al-Qardabiya air base near Sirte is another facility that Turkey is said to be eyeing in the event of Sirte\u2019s fall.\r\n\r\nSirte is the main operations room for the Libyan army forces, and a link room between the regions of eastern and western Libya. The city's airport and port is one of the most important main ports in Libya.\r\n\r\nAl-Jufra Air Force Base is located in the north of Sirte, and is separated from it only by a300-km open road, and it is one of the largest Libyan air bases, and it is characterized by its strong infrastructure that has been modernized, in order to accommodate the latest weapons. As for the Al-Jufra area, it is also important because it is located in the center of the country, which is about 650 km southeast of Tripoli.\r\n\r\nAccording to <a href="https:\/\/www.al-monitor.com\/pulse\/originals\/2020\/06\/turkey-libya-russia-egypt-why-sirte-everyones-red-line.html">Al-Monitor report<\/a>, the city is the western gateway of the country\u2019s \u201coil crescent\u201d region and the route that one has to control to dominate the ports of Sidra, Ras Lanuf, Marsa al-Brega and Zuwetina, where 11 oil pipelines and three gas conduits reach the Mediterranean coast. By capturing Sirte, one could easily seize a 350-kilometer (217-mile) coastal stretch all the way to Benghazi, abounding in pipelines, refineries, terminals and storage facilities.\r\n\r\nAll in all, controlling the \u201coil crescent\u201d in a way that ensures the flow of oil could have a multiplier effect in swaying the conflict and Sirte is seen as the key to seizing the region.\r\nTurkey is seeking a\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/www.reuters.com\/article\/us-libya-security-turkey-russia\/turkey-eyes-libya-bases-for-lasting-military-foothold-source-idUSKBN23M1D9" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">lasting military presence<\/a> in Libya, eyeing al-Watiya and a naval base in Misrata.\r\n<p class="body_copy text-black">On June 14, France\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/english.aawsat.com\/home\/article\/2334156\/french-presidency-slams-turkey%E2%80%99s-unacceptable-conduct-libya" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">lashed out<\/a>\u00a0at Turkey for growing \u201ceven more aggressive\u201d in Libya, accusing it of sending half a dozen ships to the country and violating the UN arms embargo, and requested a\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/www.reuters.com\/article\/us-libya-security-france-turkey\/france-wants-talks-about-aggressive-turkish-role-in-libya-idUSKBN23M299" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">NATO meeting<\/a>\u00a0on the issue. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Turkey\u2019s attitude was \u201ca danger to ourselves, an unacceptable\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/www.reuters.com\/article\/us-libya-security-turkey-france\/turkey-slams-french-criticism-of-its-actions-in-libya-idUSKBN23N2XQ" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">strategic risk<\/a>, because it\u2019s 200 kilometers [124 miles]\u00a0from the Italian coast.\u201d<\/p>\r\n<p class="body_copy text-black">France followed up\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/www.france24.com\/en\/20200617-france-blasts-extremely-aggressive-turkish-intervention-against-nato-mission-targeting-libyan-arms" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">with accusations<\/a>\u00a0of an \u201cextremely aggressive\u201d intervention by Turkish frigates against a French navy vessel checking a freighter suspected of taking arms to Libya. On June 18, NATO said it\u00a0would investigate\u00a0the incident.<\/p>\r\n<p class="body_copy text-black">France is reportedly seeking direct US support to restrain Turkey, while Turkey is\u00a0calling for cooperation\u00a0with the United States in Libya.<\/p>\r\nFrom the above, one can deduce that the side who controls Sirte would be controlling a huge amount of resources, enough to accelerate his grip on the country as well as designing its future, and that's why Egypt would never allow any hostile party to get in this position.