Saudi Arabia masses troops along Yemeni border

Yemeni foreign minister calls for Arab League intervention

25 March, 17:51

    Hadi loyalists clash with Saleh loyalists closing Aden international airport [ARCHIVE MATERIAL] Hadi loyalists clash with Saleh loyalists closing Aden international airport [ARCHIVE MATERIAL]

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT - Arab media reported on Wednesday that Saudi troops and vehicles had been massed along the country's border with Yemen. The Houthi Shia rebels, who took over the country's capital in September last year, are from the border with Saudi Arabia in the north. Meanwhile, in contrast with the news reported in the morning, Yemeni president Abed Rabbo Mansur Hadi is said to b still in Aden in a ''safe location'', after being forced to leave his residence. Houthi rebels - backed by forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh - continue to advance towards the city in the southern part of the country. Confirmation was given by Foreign Minister Riad Yassin, who reiterated a request for ''Arab nations'' to halt the advance of the Iran-backed Houthis. ''We have asked the Arab League for a military and political intervention,'' the minister said, announcing that a meeting on Yemen would be held on Thursday on the sidelines of an Arab League ministerial meeting scheduled in Sharm El-Sheikh to prepare for the weekend's summit. ''We have seen that the secretary general understands the Yemeni request and that the crisis in Yemen is serious,'' Yassin said, noting that the country ''needs urgent and rapid intervention by all Arab nations.'' (ANSAmed).

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