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End of Saudi-led military operation in Yemen signifies its failure, Houthi rebels say

April 22, 2015, 2:09 UTC+3 BEIRUT
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BEIRUT, April 22. /TASS/. The decision of the Saudi-led coalition to end its military operation in Yemen means "the failure of unleashed aggression," a member of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Council said on Tuesday.

Houthi rebels have not yet taken any commitments to cease fire in the country, the member said.

On Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition announced the end of a military operation "Storm of Resolve" in Yemen. According to the document, "the alliance had achieved its military goals in Yemen through the campaign dubbed ‘Storm of Resolve’ and will now begin a new operation called ‘Restoring Hope’." "The mission will focus on security at home and counter-terrorism, aid and a political solution in Yemen," the statement said.

Crisis in Yemen

Since August 2014, Yemen has been hit by a severe political and security crisis. In late January, the armed groups of Ansar Allah (Houthi rebels) forced the president and the government to announce resignation.

The rebels later took control of the country’s capital and several northern provinces. They also announced the adoption of the so-called constitutional declaration. Yemeni President Abd Rabbah Mansur Hadi fled the country to Saudi Arabia.

On March 26, Saudi Arabia launched a military operation in the neighboring country and delivered air strikes at several Houthi positions. The coalition was later joined by Bahrein, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Sudan.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate. The World Health Organization said that 643 people were killed in the conflict and 2,226 more injured as of April 6. The crisis in the Persian Gulf country has affected around 15.9 million people. More than 254,000 people fled the country, while 334,000 were internally displaced. According to UN, around 25 million of Yemenis need humanitarian aid.

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