Several Arab states, all of them allies of the US, have joined a Saudi-led military offensive against Yemen’s Houthi group with at least 185 fighter jets on late Wednesday
Several Arab states, all of them allies of the US, have joined a Saudi-led military offensive against Yemen’s Houthi group with at least 185 fighter jets on late Wednesday.
With 100 fighter jets, Riyadh has contributed the largest number of warplanes to the offensive, according to Saudi officials.
In a joint statement issued earlier Thursday, five Gulf States – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait – said the operation had come "in response to a request by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to protect Yemen from the aggression of Houthi militias."
The statement went on to accuse the Houthis of being "the tool of foreign powers that seek to harm Yemen's security and stability."
Egypt and Pakistan, for their part, have signaled their readiness to deploy ground forces for the operation.
The United States also said it was ready to provide logistical and intelligence support for the anti-Houthi offensive.
Saudi Arabia deployed troops along the border with Yemen on Tuesday after the Houthis advanced in force on Yemen's southern city of Aden, where embattled President Hadi remains holed up.