CAIRO: The Saudi-led military coalition announced Tuesday it had completed Operation Decisive Storm against Houthi fighters in Yemen.
“The coalition forces have achieved their military goals in Yemen, including the destruction of ballistic missiles the Houthis had taken control of. Thus, the forces decided to end the Operation Decisive Storm and will now begin a new operation called Restoring Hope,” Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Assiri, the coalition’s spokesperson stated on Saudi-owned Al- Arabiya TV Tuesday.
The decision to end the offensive comes following a request by the Yemeni government, according to Assiri.
The announcement comes hours after Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the country’s National Guard to reinforce the border with Yemen.
According to Assiri, the Operation Restoring Hope would focus on anti-terrorism, security, humanitarian aid and finding a political solution to the crisis in Yemen.
“The naval blockade on Yemen will continue and the coalition will continue to prevent Houthi rebels from undertaking any operations inside Yemen,” Assiri said.
Operation Decisive Storm is a military operation that pounded the Houthi rebels in Yemen for more than three weeks with the aim of toppling the Houthi government in Yemen, which is viewed by the coalition forces as loyal to Iran.
Houthi fighters have controlled territories in northern Yemen since September 2014, and in January 2015 took over the capital Sanaa. President Hadi was forced to resign and was placed under house arrest, but later escaped to Aden, which he declared was the new capital and announced that he was still the legitimate president.