Initial airstrikes in Yemen ‘successful’ and likely to continue for the next six months

Published March 28th, 2015 - 03:11 GMT

Airstrikes in Yemen are likely to continue for the next six months, reports AFP.

Saudi Arabia initially predicted the military offensive to last just one month, but at a summit in Egypt, this forecast was extended.

Fourteen of the region's 22 Arab leaders held key summit in the Egyptian resort along the Red Sea, Sharm el-Sheikh, in move to address the deepening crisis in Yemen and the Saudi-led airstrike campaign against the country's Houthi rebels that began earlier this week.

A Saudi official stated that the air campaign has been a success so far, having destroyed at least 21 Houthi Scud missiles.

However, the offensive has not been without causalities. In the three days of fighting at least 54 people have been killed in Yemen’s temporary capital city of Aden, reports AFP.

"There are at least 54 people dead and 187 wounded in armed clashes," the director of the Aden health department, Al-Kheder Lassouar, told AFP.

Yemen’s President Hadi has since left the Arab summit in Egypt, but not to return to Yemen.

As of now, Hadi will not be returning to Aden until the “situation settles,” says Yemen’s Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin. Hadi returned from the Arab summit in Egypt to Saudi Arabia with King Salman.

Backed by Egypt and other Arab nations, Saudi's airstrike campaign in Yemen has roused regional tension with Iran, who is thought to be backing the Shiite Houthi rebels, and Lebanon's Shiite militant group, Hezbollah.

© 2000 - 2022 Al Bawaba (

You may also like