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Saudi-led coalition ends military operation in Yemen

Mohammed Huwais, AFP I A Yemeni man walks on along a damaged street following a raid by Saudi-led coalition warplanes on a missile depot on Fajj Attan hill, in the rebel-held part of the Yemeni capital, in southern Sanaa, on April 20, 2015.
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The Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen announced on Tuesday the end to a military operation that pounded the Iran-allied Houthi rebels for more than three weeks, a statement read on Saudi-owned Arabiya TV said.

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A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels in Yemen says the so-called `”Decisive Storm” campaign is over, but that allies will launch a new phase aimed at preventing the rebels from operating.

Speaking at a news conference in Riyadh on Wednesday, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asseri says the objectives of the campaign have been met and that it would cease at midnight.

He says the rebels no longer pose a danger to civilians and that the new phase, called “Renewal of Hope'', would focus on rebuilding the country while interdicting the rebels.

Despite the cease in current military operations, Asseri says that they will continue to target the Houthis in different ways.

"The coalition will continue to prevent the movement of Houthi militias from moving or undertaking any operations inside Yemen," Asseri told reporters in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Asseri did not rule out future airstrikes against the Houthi rebels.

Iran meanwhile said it welcomed the end to the coalition air strikes in Yemen, in an apparent reference to the Saudi announcement.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS and AP)

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