A Saudi source says a ground offensive is essential to restore order to Yemen, adding that airstrikes alone will not suffice. Saudi Arabia cannot achieve its goals and restore the legitimate government from the sky, the source tells Reuters.
Iran criticized the attacks sharply, without mentioning Saudi Arabia by name. The Islamic Republic, says Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, will do whatever it takes to resolve the crisis in Yemen.
According to Al Arabiya, Saudi has devoted 100 jets and 150,000 ground troops to the Yemen operation.
A member of the Houthi political council tells Al Jazeera that “aggression in the Gulf will bring war,” threatening Saudi Arabia that “we will find you in your homes.” The Houthi rebels belong to a subsection of Shiite Islam and are tacitly supported by Iran. They currently effectively control the southeastern shores of Yemen.