Yemeni military forces and advisers will be replacing UAE troops fighting in the Saudi war on Yemen, following reports of serious disputes among the so-called coalition members.
Yemen’s Arabic-language Khabar news agency, citing informed sources, reported on Thursday that the decision was made following a recent visit by Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud to the Jordanian port city of Aqaba, where he met King Abdullah and signed a package of agreements, including on the development of mutual military cooperation.
The report added that the deployment of Jordanian forces to Yemen will now be coming after the United Arab Emirates withdrew the bulk of its military forces from the country’s central province of Ma’rib following failures in several operations.
Jordanian military forces purportedly took part in the Saudi-led military operation against the strategic southern Yemeni port city of Aden, which is situated 346 kilometers (214 miles) south of the capital, Sana’a, last July following the mass exodus of Saudi-sponsored Yemeni militiamen loyal to former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Early on Thursday, Saudi military aircraft carried out a fresh round of aerial assaults against the Nihm district of Sana’a Province, though there were no immediate reports of possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.
The development came only hours after Saudi-backed militiamen fired a barrage of artillery rounds at Dhubab, Harir and al-Jumhuri districts in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz and Ghorab and al-Madaniyah neighborhoods in the provincial capital city of Ta’izz.
Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26, 2015, in a bid to bring Hadi — who is a staunch ally of Riyadh — back to power and undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured since the onset of the aggression.
The Saudi strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.