"Air strikes must go hand in hand with a ground operation by forces that are loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi," retired Yemeni brigadier-general Muhssein Khasroof said.
He criticized the coalition's tactic of targeting rebel positions in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa and on its outskirts, while Houthis and loyalists of Yemen's former leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh, are deployed farther to the south and maintain a grip on the port city Aden.
The military officer stressed that Operation Decisive Storm was working against the clock to suppress the Houthi uprising.
"If this operation does not produce a positive result within a week, then Yemen will turn into a quagmire that will drown Arab troops," Khasroof warned.
He voiced hope that Russia will play a positive role in solving the Yemeni crisis and help to bring all warring parties to the negotiating table.
On Wednesday night, a coalition of Arab Gulf countries and other regional powers began pounding militant targets across Yemen at the request of the ousted president. Dozens of people, including civilians have been killed over the past four nights, according to the estimates of the rebel-controlled Health Ministry in Sanaa.