At least 18 people reported killed in air
strikes in Sanaa, as Iran warns violence
could spread across the region.
By Al Jazeera and Agencies
March 25, 2015 "ICH"
Jazeera" - Saudi air strikes on Shia
rebels in Yemen have triggered a furious
reaction from regional rival Iran, with top
officials warning that military action could
spill into other countries.
Saudi Arabia said that a
coalition consisting of 10 countries,
including members of the Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC), had begun air strikes at 2am
local time on Thursday, targeting Houthi
positions in the capital, Sanaa.
According to Al Jazeera
sources, the strikes carried out by 100 jets
from Saudi and its coalition, have destroyed
Iranian-made missile launchers in the
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Houthi military barracks and air bases controlled
by the rebels were also reportedly
destroyed, Fayez al-Duweiri, a retired
Jordanian general and defence analyst, told
The Houthi-run health
ministry in Sanaa said that at least 18
civilians were killed and 24 others were
wounded in the Saudi-led attacks on the
The bombing of the Houthis,
who are said to be backed by Iran, a charge
Tehran denies, came after several weeks of
warnings that Yemen was descending into
Saudi Arabia said it had
launched the bombing raids to reinstate what
it called the legitimate government of
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has
been holed up in the main southern city of
Aden since fleeing rebel-controlled Sanaa.
The Houthis and their
allies within the armed forces had been
closing in on Hadi's last bastion, Aden.
Iranian Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif said the air strikes
would lead only to greater loss of life.
"Military action from
outside of Yemen against its territorial
integrity and its people will have no other
result than more bloodshed and more deaths,"
he told the Iranian-owned Al-Alam television
"We have always warned
countries from the region and the West to be
careful and not enter shortsighted games and
not go in the same direction as al-Qaeda and
Daesh," he added, using the Arabic acronym
for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
He also called for an
"urgent dialogue" among the Yemeni factions
"without external interference".
The comments from Zarif,
who is in the Swiss city Lausanne for talks
with US Secretary of State John Kerry on
Iran's contested nuclear programme, echoed
condemnation of the Saudi-led strikes by
officials in Tehran.
Speaking to Al Jazeera
from Sanaa, Houthi spokesman Mohammed al-Bukhaiti
called the military action a declaration of
war on Yemen, adding that reports alleging a
Houthi leader, Mohamed Ali al-Houthi, had
been injured were false.
Meanwhile, thousands of
pro-Houthi protesters gathered in Sanaa on
Thursday to condemn the Saudi-led air
strikes. In the city of Taiz, supporters of
President Hadi organised a rival protest.
Huge explosions were heard
in Sanaa as strikes hit an air base at the
capital's airport and other locations in the
city, an AFP correspondent reported.
Strikes were also reported
on targets in the Malaheez and Hafr Sufyan
regions of Saada province, a main Houthi
stronghold on the border with Saudi Arabia.
Citing Saudi military
sources, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV channel
reported that 100 Saudi war planes were
involved in the operation, dubbed "Decisive
The United Arab Emirates
is participating with 30 jets, Bahrain with
15, Qatar with 10, Morocco and Jordan both
with six, while Sudan offered three planes,
An Egyptian official told
the AFP news agency that Egypt would also
take part. Saudi Arabia said that another
four Muslim countries including Pakistan
wanted to participate in the Saudi-led
Kuwait's defence ministry
announced it was sending three squadrons of
its F-18 Super Hornet aircraft to Saudi's
King Abdulaziz airbase in Dhahran to take
part in the offensive.
Four Egyptian warships
also entered the Suez Canal on Thursday en
route to the Gulf of Aden after Cairo
pledged military support for the campaign,
canal officials said.
The officials said the
ships will take part in operations "to
secure" the strategic waters that control
southern access to the Suez Canal.
Pakistan, which has
longstanding ties to Saudi Arabia, was
examining a request from Riyadh to join the
coalition, Islamabad said.
"I can confirm we have
been contacted by Saudi Arabia in this
regard. The matter is being examined,"
foreign office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam
Jazeera and agencies
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dispatch a top civil-military delegation to
Saudi Arabia following Riyadh's request that
it join a coalition to defend Yemen's
president, promising a "strong response" to
any threat to the Gulf kingdom.
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Arabia may suffer defeat in Yemen:
A military intervention by Saudi Arabia and
its allies in Yemen will trigger a
large-scale conflict in the region and most
probably end with Riyadh's defeat, said
expert on Oriental studies, Higher School of
Economic pedagogue Leonid Isayev, who
returned from a trip to Yemen on Wednesday.
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