Saudi envoy to US: If Houthis won’t surrender, we’ll destroy them

Saudi Arabia says the military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen is going well and that many strategically important Houthi bases were destroyed, including ones containing ballistic missiles that were aimed at Saudi Arabia, Israel Radio reports.

Earlier, Saudi Ambassador to Washington Adel al-Jubeir told CNN that if the Iran-backed Shiite rebels do not surrender they will be emaciated. Jubeir insisted that the fight in Yemen is not a war between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, but confirmed that Iran was supporting the rebels financially and with arms shipments.

The Saudi envoy added that the kingdom was still weighing the possibility of a ground incursion into Yemen and that his country will do whatever is necessary to defend itself.

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