It has been two weeks since the Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes against the Houthi fighters in Yemen.

YemenSending bombers to Yemen was by no means an impulse decision by Saudi leaders, but reflects their strategic consideration in various aspects, said Wu Yihong, a Chinese expert on Middle East.

Firstly, Saudi Arabia has already felt the pressure from the spillover of terrorist activities in Yemen, and the insurgency of Houthi fighters in Yemen aggravated its security concerns.

Secondly, the offensive is also good to divert domestic attention away from the increasingly fierce power struggle among the royals, and provides the new leader a chance to establish his authority.

Thirdly, the military action in Yemen could also raise oil prices, and that could consolidate Saudi Arabia’s market share. Oil revenue accounts for about 35-40 percent of the country’s GDP, and keeping the country’s market share is crucial to its future.

Fourthly, the move might also be aimed at disturbing the talks on the Iranian nuclear issue and preventing a detente between Tehran and the West.

Since the Obama administration started talks with Tehran, Washington’s Gulf allies fear that the United States may stop its security pledge for the region. In that case, Saudi Arabia would be under “grave danger” as it is encircled by Shiite-led Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Besides, the proposal by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and several other countries to establish a joint military force also vindicates the intention of the Arab League to shoulder bigger responsibility for its own security.


Yemen bombing rages on as humanitarian crisis emerges

SANAA/CAIRO/UNITED NATIONS, April 4 (Xinhua) — As the Saudi-headed bombing against Yemen’s Shiite Houthi group continues on Saturday for the 10th day, another major humanitarian catastrophy is in the making.

The 10-nation coalition dropped more bombs against Houthi targets in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden, the last stronghold of the supporters of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is now sheltering in the oil-rich Gulf monarch after being force to flee the country.Full Story

Russian planes evacuate over 300 people from Yemen

MOSCOW, April 4 (Xinhua) — Two Russian Il-62 planes are heading for Moscow Saturday carrying over 300 evacuees from Yemen, local media reported.

The exact landing time is not specified.Full Story

Evacuation of foreigners from Yemen based on humanitarianism: foreign ministry

BEIJING, April 3 (Xinhua) — China’s evacuation of foreigners from Yemen is a special rescue mission based on humanitarianism and has been performed at the request of relevant countries, said a spokesperson from the Foreign Ministry on Friday.

Spokesperson Hua Chunying told a daily press briefing that the special rescue efforts by the Chinese government to evacuate foreign citizens embody the government’s people-first principle and the spirit of internationalism and humanitarianism. Full story

225 nationals from 10 countries evacuated from Yemen by China arrive in Djibouti

DJIBOUTI, April 2 (Xinhua) — A total of 225 nationals from 10 countries who were evacuated from conflict-ridden Yemen arrived in Djibouti onboard a Chinese frigate on Thursday.

Linyi missile frigate, carrying the group of nationals, departed Yemen for Djibouti at 11:30 a.m. local time and arrived after nearly eight hours of sailing.

Source: Xinhua

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