A new escalation in the region, backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, has threatened stability in Yemen as Houthi rebel forces battle to try and oust Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour who fled his country for Saudi Arabia to seek refuge.
In a surprise intervention by Saudi Arabia, Sunni Muslim forces attacked the Iran-allied Houthi, in a bid to thwart its advance.
The Saudi-led military intervention, which started last week, marked a major escalation of the Yemen crisis, in which Iran publicly supports the Shi’ite Muslim Houthis and denounced the surprise assault by the Saudi’s and demanded an immediate halt to its operation.
Meanwhile, the Sunni-led Arab League pledged full support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.
In a meeting in Egypt by the Arab League, the Egyptian Foreign Minister said his country is prepared for ground warfare in Yemen if needed. “It was an obligation to answer the call of President Mansour al Hadi Egypt has announced its political and military support to Yemen and also to join the coalition through air, naval forces and land if the matter calls for it. This is to uphold the historical Egyptian responsibility towards protecting regional Arab security,” Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said.
The United Nations also condemned the actions by the Iranian-allied Shi’ite Muslim Houthi fighters, who seek to overthrow the Western allied President. “I share those deep concerns. I have repeatedly condemned the attempts by the Houthis and former President Saleh to undermine political agreements by military force. I take note that military action has been undertaken at the request of Yemen’s sovereign and legitimate leader, President Hadi,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said.