Saudis Send Tank ‘Strike Force’ To Yemen Border

Saudi Arabia is sending a “strike force” of tanks to its border with Yemen, Saudi-owned media has reported.

Al Arabiya Hadath TV broadcast pictures of a column of tanks loaded onto military trucks and described it as “the arrival of reinforcements from the strike force to the border”.

The fighting between Yemen’s Shia rebels and Saudi forces in border areas came a day before a humanitarian ceasefire was due to take effect. Continue reading

Iranian warships reach Yemen as Saudis first suspend, and then continue air strikes

Only hours after Saudi Arabia announced the conclusion of a month of daily air strikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, new strikes hit targets in Taiz, Yemen as a convoy of Iranian warship arrived in the area.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Houthis had agreed to enter a “political process” during which the air campaign and fighting on the ground would be suspended. Continue reading

Exclusive: Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border – U.S. officials

(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict.

The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shi’ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-supported President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Continue reading