DUBAI: The Arab Coalition announced that it began an operation targeting military targets loyal to the Houthi militia in Yemen’s capital Sanaa.
A coalition spokesman said that the raids were “Coalition efforts in Yemen continue against terrorist organizations to maintain regional and international security” and that they are consistent with international law.
The coalition also confirmed that all measures to ensure civilian safety have been taken, and that the mission was to neutralize the militia’s capabilities to carry out hostile attacks.
Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister Khalid bin Salman said that “The Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco oil pipes prove their loyalty to Iran,” adding that, “Houthis are a tool to advance Iranian agenda in the region.”
Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that armed drones hit two oil pumping stations in the kingdom but did not disrupt output or exports. The Houthis said they were responsible.
Saudi Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, said the attack on Saudi oil pipes was ordered by Iran and the militants are an inseparable part of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
A coalition statement was issued saying:
“The Coalition Forces to Support Legitimacy in Yemen carried out on Thursday an air operation on legitimate military targets that contain military bases and installations, weapon and ammunition warehouses for Iran-backed Houthi militia as per military information and intelligence.
The raids hit their targets with accuracy.
The coalition forces also ascertained that the Iranian-backed Houthi militia’s attacks on the vital facilities in the Kingdom, are considered serious violations of the international human law and customary rules and amount to war crimes.
Coalition forces will keep chasing and target terrorists all over Yemen and reach all the locations from which the attacks are launched.
The coalition operations will continue in compliance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules to neutralize these military and legitimate targets and prevent Houthi militia from using them.”