Dozens of Saudi armored vehicles and Yemeni soldiers trained in Saudi Arabia have been sent to Yemen on Friday to reinforce supporters of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in their battle against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels following months of air strikes.
In the past 48 hours, dozens of Saudi tanks and other armored vehicles entered Yemen through the Wadia border crossing into northern Yemen, according to reports from the ground.
“Dozens of tanks, armored vehicles and personnel carriers, as well as hundreds of Yemeni soldiers trained in Saudi Arabia, arrived in Yemen overnight,” a Yemeni military source told AFP.
The reinforcements are intended for the “popular resistance and the national army,” loyal to Mansour Hadi currently in self-imposed exile in neighbouring Saudi Arabia earlier this year, according to another military source.
The new supplies are reportedly on the move towards Marib and Shabwa provinces, where the fighting resistance continues its combat “to expel the Houthis and their allies.”
The Houthi rebels are allied with militants loyal to deposed president Ali Abbdullah Saleh and are backed by Iran with military equipment, including weapons, according to many of the Gulf countries, a claim Tehran rejects.
About 2,800 Yemeni troops backed by the Arab coalition arrived in Yemeni territory earlier this week.
The deployment was composed of Saudi special-operation forces, intelligence and logistics personnel including units from the United Arab Emirates, according to reports.
War-torn Yemen is in dire need for humanitarian help due to shortages of food, medicine and fuel, since last March.
The UN has declared the situation in Yemen to be a level-three humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, after about 80 percent of the country’s population fell into dire need of humanitarian aid.
Twenty million people in the country are in need of aid, 13 million are facing food shortages and 9.4 million are having difficulties accessing drinking water.