(AA) – Sudan has confirmed its participation in a Saudi-led offensive against Yemen’s Shiite Houthi group.
“Sudan has contributed three aircraft to the Gulf coalition [against the Houthis],” Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti said, according to Sudan’s official news agency.
He said the Sudanese decision to participate in the offensive “emanates from Sudan’s keenness to maintain the security of Saudi Arabia and the region.”
Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a military operation, including airstrikes, against Houthi positions in Yemen late Wednesday.
In a joint statement issued earlier Thursday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait said the operation had come “in response to a request by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to protect Yemen from the aggression of Houthi militias.”
The statement went on to accuse the Houthis of being “the tool of foreign powers that seek to harm Yemen’s security and stability.”
Yemen has descended into violence since last September, when pro-Houthi forces overran capital Sanaa, from where they have since sought to extend their influence to other parts of the country.
Some Gulf States accuse Shiite Iran of supporting the Houthi insurgency.