Saudi Arabia Ends Air Strikes Against Houthi Rebels, Seeks Political Solution

saudi arabia-air strikeSaudi Arabia has announced on Tuesday that it was ending a month-long campaign of air strikes against the Houthi rebels, who seized large areas of Yemen to back a political solution which will bring peace to its war-ravaged neighbour.

The ceasefire, which followed months of factional fighting between the militant group and forces loyal to the government, which was driven out of the capital Sanaa, was welcomed by Iran.

“Operation Decisive Storm has achieved its goals including removing the threat to Saudi Arabia and neighbouring countries, especially in terms of heavy weapons,” said a statement carried by Saudi State News Agency.

The report says a new phase called “Operation Restoring Hope” was beginning. It would combine political, diplomatic and military action but would focus on “the political process that would lead to a stable and secure future for Yemen”.

Saudi spokesman, Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, said the alliance may still target Houthis. “The coalition will continue to prevent the Houthi militias from moving or undertaking any operations inside Yemen.”

The White House on Tuesday, also welcomed Saudi Arabia’s announcement.

“The United States welcomes Tuesday’s announcement by the government of Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners of the conclusion of Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen,” a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, Alistair Baskey,┬ásaid.