Egyptian experts predict that Egypt would intervene in the Yemen conflict to prevent the Houthis from gaining control of the strait of Bab al-Mandeb on the Red Sea.
Retired Egyptian Maj. Gen. Hossam Sweilem told Al-Monitor, “Exactly as Iran controlled the power in Lebanon through the Shiite party Hizbullah, Iran is attempting to control the regime in Yemen through the Houthis, who are also Shiites.”
“Egypt must anticipate and prepare to intervene militarily to prevent the Houthis closing the Bab al-Mandeb strait because it would put it under the control of Iran – like the Strait of Hormuz [in the Persian Gulf]. This would have negative effects on the Suez Canal and would make it a battle of life or death for Egypt.”
Source: Al-Monitor, Dec. 2, 2014