Saudi to ‘Scale Back’ Military Operations in Yemen

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Saudi to 'Scale Back' Military Operations in Yemen

BBC reported, Saudi Arabia has said its military coalition will scale back operations against rebels in Yemen.

The US-backed coalition of mostly Arab states began air strikes a year ago in support of Yemen’s internationally recognised government.

A Saudi military spokesman said that the coalition would continue to provide air support to Yemeni forces.

The announcement came as the death toll from astrike on a market this week doubled to more than 100. Witnesses said at least two missiles hit the busy market in the Mustaba district of Hajja province, north of the capital Sanaa, an area controlled by the Shia Houthi rebels.

Video footage purportedly of the aftermath of the strike showed what appeared to be the bodies of several children. A UN official said 22 children were among those killed.

In January, a UN panel found that coalition air strikes had targeted civilians in Yemen and assessed that some attacks might constitute crimes against humanity.

SouthFront: the Saudi announcement of “scaling back” took place a week after Putin’s order on the partial withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria. Perhaps the Saudi announcement is a part of the big deal concluded between Moscow and Washington. On the other hand, there is a high probability that Saudi Arabia is preparing to campaign in Iraq and Syria.

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  • Tim Hadfield

    Bastards. I hope for a revolution in Saudi soon.