Saudi Arabia Launches Operation in Yemen

Saudi Arabia and a coalition of regional allies have launched a military operation in Yemen against rebels threatening the government there, the kingdom’s ambassador to the United States said Wednesday night, according to AFP.


“The operation is to defend and support the legitimate government of Yemen and prevent the radical Houthi movement from taking over the country,” the ambassador, Adel al-Jubeir, was quoted as having told reporters in Washington.


Al-Jubeir said that for the moment the action was confined to airstrikes on various targets around Yemen, but that other military assets were being mobilized and that the coalition “would do whatever it takes.”


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