Saudi Arabia-Led Coalition Launches Military Operation Against Yemen’s Houthi Rebels

At least 57 airstrikes have been carried out in Sana’a till now, with 12 of them directed at the international airport.

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July 3, 2020

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The Saudi Arabia-led coalition, in its war against Yemen, has confirmed the launch of a major operation against the Houthi rebels in the country. Yemen’s capital city Sana’a has witnessed fierce air raids from the coalition. According to reports, at least 57 airstrikes have been carried out in Sana’a till now, with 12 among them being on the international airport. The Saudi-led coalition has also carried out airstrikes in Marib, Hajjah and the rebel stronghold province of Sa’dah. Yemeni media outlets are reporting a high number of injuries sustained by people in the affected regions. Residents have been heard calling this attack “unjustified” and “an attempt on to end all life in Yemen.”

The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Yemen has its roots set in the Arab Spring years of the early 2010s. The National Dialogue Conference held in 2013-2014 encouraged a political transition that was supposed to bring stability to Yemen. As a result, then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh was succeeded by Saudi-backed Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. This irked the Houthi rebels who were loyal to Saleh and they began taking advantage of Hadi’s weak governance by capturing Yemen’s northern heartland. Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab allies couldn’t accept this rise of a Shia power and decided to start airstrikes with the aim of defeating the Houthis. This coalition has been receiving logistical and intelligence support from the US, UK and France.

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