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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Arab coalition continues its massive military operation in Yemen

Saudi Arabia-led strikes against Houthis in Yemen. The city of
(Image: Haaretz)
Saudi Arabia-lead coalition continues massive military operation in Yemen dubbed “Storm of Resolve”. Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates have joined this military operation against Shia militants Houthi, apparently backed by Iran and loyal to the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was overthrown after more than a year of deadly uprising.

Saudi and Arab allies warplanes continue aerial strikes of Yemeni capital Sanaa, where the militants have their strongholds, and of the neighboring areas as well, striking Houthis’ military bases and facilities including the missiles and rockets storages.

Fighter jets bomb Sanaa and the neighboring area for the fifth day, and the battles continue till now, according to the Yemeni based reporters and local residents.

In addition to that positions held by the Houthis militants and also Iran backed Republican Guard, located close to the Presidential Palace, were also hit during the latest attacks. Republican Guard military camp in Southern Sanaa was also hit.

Yemeni capital, Sanaa, after Saudi Arabia led aerial strikes
(Image: WSJ)
Military radar facilities and missiles ground-to-air complexes of Houthis, located in Marib, nearly 140 km east of Sanaa, were also targeted and hit by the strikes of the coalition forces.

In Western part of Yemen, near the port city of Hodeida, Houthis’ anti-aircraft defense weapons and missiles were also hit by the Saudi-led strikes.

Heavy blasts were reported to be seen in South Sanaa late on Monday night, as Saudi and Arab allies aerial strikes continue. The storages of weapons are believed to be hit, as the massive explosions have hit the neighboring area, with the massive fire reported to be seen.
Meanwhile, Egyptian warships, sailed last week through the Suez Canal in the framework of the joint military operation in Yemen, have shelled a column of Houthi’s fighters and troops heading to the port city of Aden on Monday, 30 March.

Egyptian military vessels on the way to Yemen
(Image: USA News)
 Sky News Arabia has reportedly cited its sources and confirmed the vessels were Egyptian.
Arab coalition spokesperson, Ahamed Asiri (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) has declared that joint naval forces have besieged the ports of Yemen. The naval forces are blocking the movement of ships and prevent any passage of Houthi’ fighters and weapons from the country and out of it.

The Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of Arab states has vowed to continue military operation against the Iran backed Houthis, supporting ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, until they will surrender and hand over their weapons and abandon their insurrection against Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who was forced to flee the country and is currently in Saudi Arabia.