Despite the presence of its forces in Yemen, Malaysia denied involvement in the Saudi-led coalition operations and confirmed that the presence of the troops are to evacuate Malaysian students and others only.
"The troops were only there to assist in humanitarian and evacuation missions, as there were still Malaysian students there." a Malaysian Defence Ministry official who requested anonymity told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.
Malaysia is the 12th country that joined the coalition as Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday the arrival of Malaysian troops to Yemen to join the coalition against the Houthis militias, Saudi state news agency stated.
A week ago Senegal announced that 2,000 of its troops will join the coalition.
The Saudi-led coalition began air strikes in Yemen last March against the Houthis in response to appeals from Yemeni president Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi to “save Yemen” from the Houthi aggression.
Houthis took over the capital Sanaa last September and advanced on the southern city of Aden. Yemeni President Hadi - currently holding out in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh - fled earlier to Aden and announced it as a temporary capital. Houthis have extended their influence to other parts of Yemen despite coalition air strikes.