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    Gulf States Launch Military Operation in Yemen (442)
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    The offensive is a blatant interference in the internal affairs of Yemen, and the attempt to impose a new type of control that will deepen the split in the nation, a source close to Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh said.

    SANAA (Sputnik) — The Gulf countries' offensive in Yemen is part of a Western-backed plan to divide the country, a source close to Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh told Sputnik Thursday.

    On Wednesday evening, Saudi Arabia and several other Gulf nations launched a military offensive against the Houthi rebels at the request of beleaguered Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. Most of the airstrikes hit residential areas close to the Sanaa airport, as well as the government buildings and the airport itself.

    "The countries that are involved in the bombing of Yemen's infrastructure are doing what the United States and The United Kingdom told them to do to maintain their influence," the source said.

    The source underscored that the offensive is a blatant interference in the internal affairs of Yemen, and the attempt to impose a new type of control that will deepen the split in the nation.

    The source added that the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes six Gulf countries, urged its member states to stop the attacks, and to follow the example of Oman, which has refused to take part in the ongoing aggression against Yemen.

    In late January, Houthi rebels, who had taken control of vast territories in Yemen, including the capital of Sanaa, seized the presidential palace forcing President Hadi and the country's government to step down. Hadi later disavowed his resignation.

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