Saudi-led raids on Yemen rebels 'successful': coalition

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA- The first wave of Saudi-led air raids against Shiite rebels in Yemen was "successful", the coalition said Thursday, vowing to press on with the intervention until goals are reached.
Speaking to reporters in the Saudi capital, spokesman Ahmed Assiri also said that there were no immediate plans to put boots on the ground.

However he added that "if there is a need for ground forces, Saudi Arabia and friendly states are ready and will respond to any aggression of any sort".
The spokesman vowed that the coalition would not allow any supplies to reach the rebels and that no party would be allowed to back the Huthi rebellion.
Early on Thursday, Saudi forces "dealt with armed terrorist groups heading towards Saudi Arabia's southern borders," said Assiri.
The Shiite Huthi rebels were on Saudi Arabia's "terror" list.
He added that "all forms of aircraft" have been taking part in the strikes and that all of them had "returned safely to their bases".
The anti-rebel operation would continue "as long as needed" until "legitimacy" represented by President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and his government was restored in Yemen, said Assiri.
Anti-aircraft defence systems, missiles and artillery positions "were completely destroyed" on the first day of strikes.
Saudi air forces "completely" took control of Yemen's airspace "within the first 15 minutes" of raids, said Assiri.

Thursday, March 26th 2015

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