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    Saudi-led Coalition Declares End to Yemen Campaign

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    The Saudi-led coalition will now begin a new phase, titled 'Operation Restoring Hope', according to the statement of the Saudi defense ministry.

    Saudi-led coalition operations in Yemen are now entering a new phase, which will focus on counter-terrorism operations, humanitarian missions, and the revival of political dialogue in the crisis-hit country. The airstrikes have eliminated all threats against the kingdom and the neighboring countries through the destruction of the heavy arms and ballistic missiles that were seized by the Houthi militias and pro-Saleh forces,  according to a statement by the defense ministry.

    A coalition spokesman said the decision to end operation Firmness Storm followed a request from the Yemeni government.

    Yemen is suffering from a military confrontation between government forces and Houthi militants who have seized control of the capital Sanaa and several other cities.

    In March, a coalition headed by Saudi Arabia launched a military operation against Houthi positions in Yemen, at the request of President-in-exile Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The United States provides intelligence, targeting and logistical support to the coalition.

    Gulf States Launch Military Operation in Yemen (442)


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