Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies launched air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters who have tightened their grip on the city of Aden where the president took refuge, Reuters reported.
Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Washington late Wednesday a 10-country coalition has mounted a military campaign “to protect and defend the legitimate government” of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
He said Hadi, who has fled his residence, is still running the government along with members of his cabinet.
Jubeir said Iranian-backed Houthi Shi’ite militants are now in control of the Yemeni air force and of the country’s ballistic weapons.
“This is a very dangerous situation, and we must do everything we can to protect the people of Yemen and protect the legitimate government of Yemen,” Jubeir told a news conference.
The report cited an unnamed US official as saying the United States is providing support to Saudi Arabia as it carries out its operation.
Jubeir said the operation, which was launched at 11 p.m. GMT Wednesday in response to a request for assistance by Hadi, was not limited to one particular city or region.
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