‘Decisive Storm’ strikes Houthis for sixth night

An anti-aircraft weapon is pictured on a hill in a special Security Forces camp in Taiz March 26, 2015.

An anti-aircraft weapon is pictured on a hill in a special Security Forces camp in Taiz March 26, 2015.

The Saudi-led “Operation Decisive Storm” carried out a sixth night of air strikes against Iranian-backed Houthi militias across the country, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Wednesday.

The coalition targeted two Houthi military installations in the city of al-Dhale southwest of Yemen.

Fighter jets have targeted Houthi militia leaders, surface-to-air missile installations, ammunition storage warehouses belonging to the Houthis as well as to forces allied with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Saudi Arabia is leading a 10-state coalition to combat the Houthi’s advancement of Yemen in support of the country’s legitimate President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi and his government.

On Tuesday, Yemen’s Foreign Minister Riad Yasseen called for Arab ground intervention against the Houthis “as soon as possible.”

Saudi Arabia has vowed to keep up the raids until the rebels abandons their insurrection against Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh and whose last bastion in the southern city of Aden was heavily shelled overnight.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal also reiterated on Tuesday that the air campaign, dubbed “Operation Decisive Storm,” will continue until Yemen is “stable and unified.”

“Operation Decisive Storm will continue to defend legitimacy in Yemen,” al-Faisal said during his speech at the weekly meeting of the Shura Council in the capital Riyadh.

“We are not advocating war, but we are ready for it,” he said. Last week, President Hadi asked the Security Council to authorize “willing countries that wish to help Yemen to provide immediate support for the legitimate authority by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter the Houthi aggression.”

Hadi cited Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, which covers an individual or collective right to self-defense against armed attack, as his legal justification for requesting military help from Arab countries.

“All our efforts for peaceful settlement have encountered absolute rejection by the Houthis who continue their aggression to subdue the rest of the regions out of their control,” Hadi wrote. “There are military convoys destined to attack Aden and the rest of the south.”


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