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Yemeni FM calls for deployment of Saudi-led ground troops

Iran Press TV

Wed Apr 1, 2015 4:13PM

Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin has called for the deployment of Saudi-led ground troops to his country amid the military aggression against Yemen.

"Yes I'm calling for this (ground forces) because I think at some stage airstrikes will be ineffective," Yassin told AFP during an interview in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Wednesday, suggesting that the deployment "start as soon as possible."

The comments come a day after the spokesman for the Saudi-led forces Brigadier General Ahmed Assiri said "so far there is no need for land intervention" in Yemen but the need might arise "at any time."

A Western diplomatic source also described such an operation as "very, very complicated and difficult."

Rights groups, meanwhile, have expressed concern about casualties from the Saudi-led airstrikes that started without a UN mandate on March 26 in an attempt by the Al Saud regime to restore power to fugitive Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

At least 37 people were killed and 80 injured during a Saudi airstrike on a dairy plant in the western port city of Hudaydah overnight on Tuesday, according to provincial governor Hasan al-Hai.

Medics added that the attack destroyed part of the facility, while rescue teams were looking for survivors under the debris.

Saudi warplanes also targeted positions of Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement early Wednesday in Yemen's main southern city of Aden and also hit the capital, Sana'a, and other areas.

Saudi jets struck a border region in Hajjah Province in the north of the country, killing six people and injuring four others. The Red Sea port of Maidi was also targeted by Saudi airstrikes last night.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein has warned that Yemen "seems to be on the verge of total collapse."

The fugitive Yemeni president stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by the Houthi movement, but the parliament did not approve the resignation.

Hadi later fled Aden to the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The Saudi-led air raids that entered their seventh day on Wednesday have so far claimed the lives of nearly 200 people, including 62 children.

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