The Saudi envoy to Washington says Saudi Arabia and allies have launched air strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies launched a military operation involving air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters who have tightened their grip on the southern city of Aden where the country's president had taken refuge, the Saudi envoy to Washington said on Wednesday. Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir told reporters a 10-country coalition had joined in the military campaign in a bid "to protect and defend the legitimate government" of Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. He declined to give any information on Hadi's whereabouts. He told reporters that Saudi Arabia had consulted with the United States but that Washington was not participating in the military operation.