Sudan official says ground intervention needed in Yemen

May 5, 2015 10:57 am 

KHARTOUM, May 5 — The Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes against Houthi positions in Yemen will not yield any significant results without a ground operation, Sudan's Defense Ministry adviser told Sputnik Monday.

"Airstrikes, which are currently carried out in Yemen, have to be backed by ground intervention. Otherwise, there will be no practical use or effectiveness of the enormous efforts made by the coalition's Armed Forces to quash Houthis," Younis Mahmoud said.

Mahmoud also stated that in the last two days, several troops from a Saudi-led Arab coalition landed in Yemen's southern city of Aden to create a military base that will deal with distribution of humanitarian aid for the city's residents.

In addition, the establishment of the base "will allow the coalition to define the Houthis' positions more precisely," a move necessary for preparation of a ground operation, Mahmoud pointed out.

Yemen is currently facing violent clashes between several armed groups, including forces loyal to country's president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Shiite Houthi rebels.

In late March, a Saudi Arabia-led international coalition launched airstrikes against Houthi positions in Yemen upon Hadi's request.

More than 1,200 people have died and over 5,000 have been injured in Yemen since the escalation of the armed conflict in the country, according to recent World Health Organization estimates. (PNA/Sputnik)

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