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Ground Troops Of Sudanese Army To Join Saudi-Led Coalition In Yemen

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The Sudanese army said on Thursday that its troops are heading to unspecified areas in Saudi Arabia to participate in the Saudi-led military action against Shiite Houthi militants allied with Iran, who have taken control of Yemen since September 2014.

In the air assault codenamed "Operation Decisive Storm," Saudi Arabia deployed some 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers and other navy units, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV reported.

Al-Arabiya said that aircrafts from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan and Egypt were involved though it was not clear which carried out actual strikes.

Starting before dawn, Saudi warplanes pounded an air base, military bases and anti-aircraft positions in the capital of Sana’a and flattened a number of homes near the airport, killing at least 18 civilians, including six children according to Associated Press (AP). Another round followed in the evening, again rocking the city.

Sudan’s defence minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein said at a press conference in Khartoum today that his country will send ground and air forces to participate in “Operation Decisive Strom”.

“We began the mechanical movement towards military operations area alongside the Saudi forces”, he added without offering details on the composition of the force or the types of jets used.

In response to a question on the possible negative effects of this participation on Sudan’s relations with Iran, Hussein asserted that “security of Saudi Arabia is a red line for us”.

Sudanese army spokesperson Colonel al-Sawarmi Khaled Sa’ad said in a separate statement that this move comes within the framework of intimate ties between with Saudi Arabia and to protect the Two Holy Mosques.