Saudi Arabia invades its neighbour Yemen in force to “defend the legitimate government” of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. Yeah, so legitimate he was sole candidate in the presidential election that was held in February 2012 and received 99.8% of the “votes” cast? Still, that is a lot more legitimate than the Saudi Family tyranny.
Reuters: Mohammed AlBukhaiti, senior Houthi rebel, warned Saudi operation is "aggression against Yemen", could set off "wide war" in region.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) March 26, 2015
Rebels in Yemen have seized an air base outside the critical southern port city of Aden – a development which spells disaster for those loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. But as the country descends into further chaos, the civil war is increasingly drawing in parties from across the entire region, and the battles lines, allegiances and even which countries are involved is becoming increasingly hard to understand.
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) March 26, 2015
Well organised and powerful, the rebels are a group of Shia Muslims from the Zaidi sect known as the Houthis. Last month they drove President Hadi out of the Yemeni capital Sana’a, and while they now have a strong presence in the country’s north they are weak – and heavily opposed – by many Sunni tribes across the rest of the country. In a separate development, reports said the Houthi rebels had seized secret US intelligence files describing US operations in Yemen.
News footage of the strikes broadcast by Saudi-owned Al-Hadath TV showed flashing lights and apparent machine gun fire. Meanwhile Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a senior Houthi rebel, warned that the Saudi operation amounted to an aggression against Yemen and could set off a “wide war” in the region, according to Reuters news agency.
Saudi Arabia is supplying 100 warplanes and 150,000 soldiers for the operation, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported on Thursday. Jordanian officials say that its air force jets are taking part in the operation. In addition the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said that the operation had the support of Sudan, Morocco, Egypt and Pakistan which were willing if necessary to take part.
— Reuters Paris Pix (@ReutersParisPix) March 26, 2015
Earlier Mr Hadi appealed to members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) to intervene. SPA said GCC members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates agreed to answer President Hadi’s call for help.
Mr Jubeir stressed that the Saudis “will do anything necessary” to protect the people of the neighbouring Yemen and “the legitimate government of Yemen”. This come despite sources in Saudi Arabia telling Reuters earlier on Wednesday that there were no plans for military intervention in the crisis, and that the reported build-up of military forces on its border with Yemen was “purely defensive”. Mr Jubeir also said Gulf states supported the Saudi operation.
— RT (@RT_com) March 26, 2015
Is this what the Arab Spring has come to? The oppressive and extremist Saudi tyranny supporting a former Yemeni General to re-impose non-democracy on his country along sectarian lines by force?