Saudi Arabia Bombs Yemen

kim kardashian

Thursday morning Saudi Arabia led airstrikes in Yemen in response to the Shiite rebels taking control of two major cities. The rebels were on the move towards Aden, where the president had been hiding out, when Saudi Arabia took charge. The intention was to weaken the Shiite rebels, known as the Houthis, but it is uncertain if Saudi Arabia was successful. The Houthis were traveling to Aden to gain control there as well as where President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was said to be. It has been reported that Hadi has fled from Aden and where he is now is uncertain.

Saudi Arabia has been a supporter of Hadi and wishes to restore his power and stop the Shiite rebels, who are allies with Iran. There have been previous tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, so this could only intensify that tension between the nations. The airstrikes hit runways and warplanes for the rebels causing them to lose some weapons and power. According to a report from The Washington Post “Saudi Arabia had deployed 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers and other navy units. Saudi Arabia has massed troops and tanks on its border with Yemen.”

Their reasoning for the attacks was to weaken the Shiite rebels and try to restore the power of the president Hadi. This is a lot of force to do so, but then again the Houthis used a lot of force to gain the control that they have. The number of casualties are still unknown. Saudi Arabia is threatening to keep striking until the legitimate government has been reinstated. More countries have come in support of Yemen to stop the Shiite rebels.

Egyptian vessels have arrived at Yemen’s coast and about 10 other countries have come to aid Saudi Arabia. Some of the countries that have given their support are Turkey, Jordan, and Morocco. Even the nuclear talks were put on hold because of this airstrike on Yemen. Iran’s reaction, from the report from The Washington Post, to the airstrikes was from Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who said “We will spare no effort to contain the crisis in Yemen.” Meaning that Iran will not aid Yemen in this time of violence. Since Iran actually supports the efforts of the Shiite rebels and does not support Hadi, this response is to be expected.

When the Shiite rebels took control of Taiz last week, Yemen has been warned about getting involved in a civil war. It seems that is beginning now with this attack from Saudi Arabia. Not so much as a civil war but the beginnings of a full blown war in the Middle East. Who knows how long it will be for the Shiites to yield and the attacks to stop. Assuming that the Shiites ever do yield, and from the looks of it they may never yield to Saudi Arabia or Hadi the president.

Photo: Yahya Arhab/EPA

 

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