On Monday, Egypt’s parliament authorized the deployment of troops outside the country after the Egyptian president threatened military action against Turkish-backed forces in neighboring Libya. This move is likely to destabilize the oil-rich but war-torn Libya even further.

The parliament unanimously approved “the deployment of members of the Egyptian armed forces on combat missions outside Egypt’s borders to defend Egyptian national security… against criminal armed militias and foreign terrorist elements,” according to a statement. 

Egypt’s House of Representatives, where Sisi has very strong support, approved the president’s deployment threat during a closed-door session where representatives lamented about their border region shared with Libya.

Egypt’s state-run Al-Ahram news agency reported on Sunday that the parliament’s vote was needed for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to “intervene militarily in Libya to help defend the western neighbor against Turkish aggression.”