Saudi-Arabia protecting the Government of Yemen – The Islamic world in arms , more refugees

March 26, 2015

BBC News …..

Adel al-Jubair said it would begin with air strikes, but vowed: “We will do whatever it takes in order to protect the legitimate government of Yemen from falling.

Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV reported that the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Morocco and Sudan were sending aircraft, while Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Pakistan were ready to take part in any ground offensive.

Oman is the only Gulf Arab state not participating.

The US said it was providing “logistical and intelligence support”.

Dozens of families meanwhile have fled Sanaa to safe places outside the city, fearing new air strikes.

There are long queues of cars at petrol stations amid fears of fuel shortages, and many shops and firms have shut. School and university classes in Sanaa have been suspended for the time being.

Some Sanaa residents see the air strikes as a way of ending the crisis, which they blame on the Houthis for taking over their city.

Yemen’s foreign minister, Riad Yassin, told the Saudi TV channel al-Hadath that the air strikes were welcome, adding: “I hope the Houthis listen to the sound of reason. With what is happening, they forced us into this.”
President Hadi called on the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) and the Arab League to intervene last week after the presidential palace in Aden was twice targeted by unidentified warplanes and rebels and pro-Saleh troops seized Taiz.
Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) was briefed by officers on the operation
Militiamen loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi have been unable to stop the Houthi advance

Yemen – who is fighting whom?
The Houthis have said their aim is to replace Mr Hadi’s government, which they accuse of corruption

The Houthis: Zaidi Shia-led rebels from the north, who seized control of Sanaa last year and have since been expanding their control

President Hadi: Backed by military and police loyalists, and by militia known as Popular Resistance Committees, he is trying to fight back against the rebels from his stronghold in the south

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: Seen by the US as the most dangerous offshoot of al-Qaeda, AQAP opposes both the Houthis and President Hadi.

Islamic State: A Yemeni affiliate of IS has recently emerged, which seeks to eclipse AQAP

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