Hundreds more Sudanese troops arrive in Yemen

400 Sudanese soldiers arrive to Yemen to reinforce Arab coalition battling Houthis

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Sudanese soldiers are seen as the second part of the Sudan Army forces arrive in the city to support Saudi-led coalition forces in Aden, Yemen on November 09, 2015

Security officials said 400 Sudanese soldiers have arrived to the Yemen city of Aden on Monday to participate in the “Operation Restoring Hope”, Saudi-led coalitions fight against the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels.

A new battalion of soldiers are expected to join 500 other Sudanese soldiers who arrived to the country in mid-October. 

Sudanese army spokesperson Ahmed Khalifa al-Shami had previously said regarding the Sudanese troops being sent to Yemen, that they were taking orders directly from the Saudi-led coalition command and ready to carry out tasks given by the coalition.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and the Defence Minister Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Ouf said they were ready to send up to 6,000 troops to Yemen.

However, Saudi Arabia couldn’t find the military support from its two strongest allies, Egypt and Pakistan. Both countries have declined Riyadh’s call for sending troops to participate in the coalition’s campaign in Yemen.

The fresh deployment of Sudanese troops came within the framework of the coalition’s campaign against the Houthis in order to place President Abd Rabbuh Hadi back into power after he fled to neighbouring Saudi Arabia and asked for help.

In April, Pro-Houthi soldiers and soldiers loyal to President Hadi had mobilised around Yemen’s third largest city of Taiz, after the western part of the city was besieged by Houthis with the purpose of supporting troops loyal to the country’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The Saudi-led coalition has deployed Sudanese fighters in order to gain control of the whole city, which both the Houthis and Pro-Saleh militants have frequently imposed deadly blockades on residential areas by not allowing necessary goods from entering. 

Khartoum recently expressed that their troops would participate in the “Operation Restoring Hope” because of the “growing economic pressure” in Sudan.

In late 2014, Iran, which is a long-time supporter of the Houthis, was faced with closure of its Cultural Centre in Sudan’s capital Khartoum.

In late 2014, as a sign of support to the Saudi-led coalition, Sudan closed a cultural centre in the country with the efforts of Iran, the long-time supporter of Yemen's Houthis.

TRTWorld and agencies