Saudi Arabia, allies launch air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters




 
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March 26th, 2015  
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Topic: Saudi Arabia, allies launch air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters


By Khaled Abdallah and Sami Aboudi SANAA/ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president on Thursday, a gamble by the world's top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard without direct military backing from Washington. Riyadh's rival Iran denounced the assault on the Houthi militia group, which it backs, and made clear the kingdom's deployment of a Sunni coalition against Shi'ite enemies would complicate efforts to end a conflict likely to inflame the sectarian animosities fuelling wars around the Middle East.




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