Saudi Arabia launches military operation in Yemen

A massive escalation of the tribal conflict in Yemen has brought the region closer to an all-out war.

The Shi’ite Houthi rebels have ousted the sitting president and control large parts of the country, a move that riled Saudi-Arabia.

Airstrikes by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, supported by Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Pakistan, Jordan
Saudi-Arabia are concentrating 150,000 troops near the Saudi-Yemenite border.

The US was informed in advance and supports the operation. The Saudi-led air campaign against the Houthis in Yemen has been called “Decisive Storm”.

Saudi Arabia has warned international shipping firms not to approach any Yemenite harbor while Houthi rebels have threatened to escalate and push the entire region into a hot war.

With the military campaign initiated by Saudi Arabia, the risk of an escalation of the conflict with Iran grows as Saudi Arabia is an American ally.

In a sign of the broadening scope of Barack Obama’s intervention across the region, officials in Washington said the US was establishing a “joint planning cell” with Saudi Arabia to co-ordinate the air strikes on the Houthi forces.

A widening Yemen conflict could pose risks for global oil supplies, and Brent crude oil prices shot up nearly 6% soon after the operation began.