Saudi military forces have launched a military operation in Yemen where the Ansarullah fighters have acquired power, says the monarchy’s ambassador to the United States.
“The operation is to defend the legitimate government,” Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in a rare news conference in Washington, referring to the administration of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi who reportedly fled the country earlier in the day.
He added that the current situation in Yemen “is not an option” for Riyadh, saying the operation began at 7 pm Eastern time.
He further accused the Houthi fighters of having “always chosen the path of violence”, claiming Riyadh would do “anything necessary” for “the legitimate government” of the Arab world’s most impoverished county.
Meanwhile, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE along with Saudi Arabia released a joint statement that they “have decided to answer the call of President Hadi” against the movement’s ”aggression”.
The statement included all member states of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) except Oman.