Saudi Arabia and four other Gulf states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, together with Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Sudan launched a military operation against Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen.
Adel al-Jubair, Saudi ambassador to the US, said on Wednesday that a coalition consisting of 10 countries, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), had begun airstrikes at 7pm Eastern time.
Air strikes in #Yemen by Saudi Arabia. Picture in The capital Sanaa. pic.twitter.com/bTwROJebGW
— Yemen Post Newspaper
Houthis captured city of Aden in the south after military confrontations with GCC-backed president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled later on to Oman.
Top US diplomat "commended the work of the coalition taking military action against the Houthis" and noted Washington's support "including intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support for strikes against Houthi targets," the State Department official said.