Fighter jets from Saudi-led Arab coalition have continued bombing Houthi targets in Yemen for a second day, including the Shia insurgent group’s stronghold of Saada in northern Yemen.
Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Asiri, a spokesman for the coalition, said in Riyadh on Friday that the military operation against the insurgents would continue “as long as necessary.” He added that “at the moment” there were no plans to the deployment of ground forces, but troops are “ready for all the circumstances.”
The Arab coalition has said its goal is to roll back Houthi advances since February, when they captured the capital Sanaa and overthrew the government of President Hadi. It would be hard, however, to imagine that the coalition could succeed in pushing out the Houthis with airstrikes only.
Meantime, President Hadi arrived in Riyadh on Friday, after leaving his embattled country. He will joined other Arab heads of state in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Saturday for a two-day Arab League summit on Yemen.
The summit convenes at a historic moment in Arab history. The long-held dream and aspiration of the Arabs to establish a unified military force is becoming a reality in the operation in Yemen, bringing together all major Arab militaries to stop the Houthis.
File photo: Saudi Arabia fighter jets. (Reuters)