Saudi Arabia deploys ground troops to Yemen's Aden

03-05-2015 01:56 PM

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - A "limited" number of Saudi-led ground troops have deployed in Yemen's second city Aden to support loyalist militia fighters, AFP news agency reports quoting a Yemeni government official and a commander.

"A limited coalition force entered Aden and another force is on its way" to the southern port city, AFP quoted the official, who requested anonymity, as saying on Sunday.

A leading member of the popular committees, a locally recruited militia loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Had, told AFP that the force "will start helping us in fighting" the rebels.

The Gulf coalition has been conducting an air war against the Houthis since March 26, but this is the first reported ground deployment inside the country.

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