A Saudi-led coalition announced the end of its military operation in Yemen after more than a month of bombing.
The government in Riyadh said Operation Decisive Storm has achieved its goals “including removing the threat to Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries, especially in terms of heavy weapons,” it said in a statement carried by Saudi state news agency SPA.
A Saudi spokesman said forces would continue to target the Iran-allied Houthi movement as necessary, Reuters reported Wednesday.
A new campaign, called Operation Restoring Hope, will be launched to protect civilians, continue the fight against terrorism, facilitate the evacuation of foreign nationals and intensify relief and medical assistance to the Yemeni people.
A month of coalition bombing destroyed or damaged heavy weaponry held by the Houthi allies in Yemen’s army but hostilities are not definitively over.
Saudi spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asseri said the alliance would still target movements by the Houthi militia group.
“The coalition will continue to prevent the Houthi militias from moving or undertaking any operations inside Yemen,” Asseri told reporters in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
“Operation Restore Hope has begun and it represents a combination of political, diplomatic and military action,” Asseri said.
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