Saudi warplanes bomb Houthi positions in Yemen Staff Thursday, 26 March 2015
The Royal Saudi Air Force conducting military operations against the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi group in Yemen has declared the country's airspace a "restricted zone," the Saudi-owned al Arabiya television reported on Thursday.
Staff Writer, Al Arabiya NewsWednesday, 25 March 2015
Warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force bombed the positions of Yemen’s Houthi militia, destroying an airbase in Sanaa and most of the militia’s air defenses, Al Arabiya News Channel reported early on Thursday, citing Saudi sources.King Salman bin Abdulaziz ordered the airstrikes on the Iran-backed Houthi militia on Thursday at 12 am Riyadh time, the news channel reported, adding that the kingdom’s air force was “fully in control of the Yemeni airspace.”
Shortly afterwards Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Washington Adel al-Jubeir announced that the kingdom had launched a military operation involving air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters who have tightened their grip on the southern city of Aden where the country's president had taken refuge. Al-Jubeir told reporters that a 10-country coalition had joined in the military campaign in a bid "to protect and defend the legitimate government" of Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
"We will do whatever it takes in order to protect the legitimate government of Yemen from falling," Jubeir said.He told reporters that Washington was not participating in the military operation, but U.S. officials said the United States was providing support to Saudi Arabia as it carries military operation in Yemen, according to Al Arabiya News.
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