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    One of the army commanders loyal to Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh says that the bombing campaign conducted by Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies against Houthi rebels in Yemen, which was terminated on Tuesday, did not undermine the strength of opposition forces.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) – The bombing campaign conducted by Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies against Houthi rebels in Yemen, which was terminated on Tuesday, did not undermine the strength of opposition forces, one of the army commanders loyal to Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

    "They did not get to anything in Yemen, except shame. We are eagerly waiting for them to launch a ground operation. But they will not dare to set foot on the land of Yemen," the commander said, adding that the coalition airstrikes did not weaken Houthi forces, but only destroyed infrastructure and civilian neighborhoods.

    The commander added that even in the southern port city of Aden, forces loyal to Hadi are only controlling a small neighborhood.

    A jet takes off to participate in the Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen, at an airbase in an undisclosed location in Saudi Arabia in this April 2, 2015 picture provided by Saudi Press Agency. Picture taken April 2, 2015
    © REUTERS / Saudi Press Agency/Handout via Reuters
    Saleh supporters consider Saudi Arabia an aggressor and are against the country's involvement in the situation in Yemen, be it political negotiations or military intervention. Saleh's aide Ahmed al-Sufi told RIA Novosti on Wednesday that the General People's Congress party led by Yemen's former president does not want any political future for Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi either.

    Hadi was forced to resign by Houthis in January. After escaping house arrest, he fled to Aden and withdrew his resignation. After the start of the Saudi-led military campaign at the end of March, Hadi left Yemen for Saudi Arabia.

    On Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition announced that it was terminating its Decisive Storm military operation. Instead, it was launching the Restoring Hope campaign, which will focus on counter-terrorism efforts, humanitarian missions, and the revival of political dialogue in the crisis-hit country, where Houthis, along with forces loyal to Saleh have taken control of several cities, including the capital Sanaa.

    Gulf States Launch Military Operation in Yemen (442)


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