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Saudi Arabia inflicts airstrikes in Yemen

26 march 2015 | 15:00

Saudi Forces have launched a military operation in Yemen against Shiite Houthi insurgents. 

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Saudi Arabia strikes air base and airport in Yemen
Saudi Air Forces have inflicted airstrikes to al Dulaimi Air Base and Sana'a airport. These positions were under the control of the rebels, who are fighting against the incumbent President of Yemen Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

18 people have been killed, 24 wounded as a result of the strike.

Saudi Ambassador to the US Adel al-Jubeir announced that the military action of Riyadh is carried out in order to protect the legitimate government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi from the rebel armed groups.

According to him, this military operation against the Shiite Houthi insurgents had been approved by the Persian Gulf countries.

Also, the ambassador says that the Yemen's airspace has been declared a "no-fly" zone.

Earlier, Yemeni President Hadi demanded that the UN Security Council supported military operations against Shiite rebels. In addition, Hadi addressed the Gulf countries, asking to intervene the state.

The statement of Yemeni President has been heard by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which joined the military operation called "Determination Storm."

The Saudi Arabia plans to use about 100 fighters in the operation. In turn, Bahrain and Kuwait have provided 15 military equipments, United Arab Emirates – 30 and Qatar – 10.

Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, the leader of the rebels in Yemen, announced that the actions of Saudi Arabia is aggression against the Yemeni state and can cause full-scale fighting in the region.

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Washington official have already confirmed the United States would provide logistical and intelligence support to the operations, while the American troops will not take a direct part in the hostilities in Yemen. The US is also concerned that Iran might be involved in the conflict.

Earlier, it was reported that Yemeni President had been forced to leave his residence.

Source: ITAR-TASS

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