Oman issued a strong statement condemning a strike on the ambassador’s resident in Yemen. The property was empty as the ambassador had been recalled previously due to the conflict.
The statement by the Omani authorities read: “Oman received with deep regret yesterday’s news targeting the ambassador’s home in Sanaa, which is a clear violation of international charters and norms that emphasize the inviolability of diplomatic premises”.
The statement urged the Yemeni parties to come together and discuss an end to the war to ensure the return of stability and security in Yemen.
The Arab coalition launched a series of strikes on Sana’a targeting the interior ministry, the presidential palace, as well a party building of former president and current ally of the Houthis, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Meanwhile, fighting continued in Ma’rib and Taiz as coalition forces seek to establish a foothold from which to launch their operation to restore Sana’a to the internationall recognised government under President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi.
Brief: Why is Yemen in a state of war?
- The Houthis are a tribe in the North of Yemen. They have a history of warring with the government, with the latter engaging the former six times under the previous regime.
- Despite these wars, the Houthis are in alliance with the very President who led these campaigns against them; Ali Abdullah Saleh.
- The Houthis entered the Northern cities of Jawf and Amran under the pretext of fighting terrorism. This, they claimed, meant defeating the Islah Party, seen as the Yemeni equivalent of the Muslim Brotherhood and staunch political opponents of the Houthis.
- The Houthis marched on Sana’a, declaring support for the large protests against President Hadi over fuel prices and living costs.
- The Houthis entered the capital and placed the president under house arrest. The President later fled to Aden.
- The Houthis continued to expand to Taiz and Al-Daali’ in the South. Fighter planes were sent to bombard the presidential palace in Aden.
- President Hadi subsequently fled and an Arab alliance was declared under Operation ‘Decisive Storm’ as Arab forces began bombarding Houthi positions to prevent the fall of Aden, seen as the last bastion of defence.
- Saudi Arabia states that it wants to force the Houthis into genuine discussions with the government. They believe that the group are backed by Iran and fear an establishing of a powerful proxy similar to Hezbollah in Lebanon or the Badr Brigade in Iraq. The Houthis claim that they are fighting a foreign power and leading a revolution.