Qatar deploys troops in Yemen for first time
For the first time, Qatar has deployed ground troops in Yemen to counter the Shia Houthi rebels who have taken over the country.
In this regard, Qatar has deployed around one thousand ground troops, supported by armoured vehicles and military helicopters in Marib province of Yemen.
Earlier in March 2015, Qatar along with other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members (expect Oman) had signed a joint statement with Saudi Arabia to form coalition in order to take military action against the rebels in order to bring regional stability in the Gulf region.
Yemeni Crisis: Background
- Yemeni Crisis began after security situation in the country deteriorated after the Shia Houthis rebels had seized power by dissolving Yemen’s government and parliament in January 2015.
- The rebels have taken the control of key government buildings in Yemen’s capital Sanaa including Presidential Palace.
- The conflict in the country is mainly between Yemeni government along with their allies, southern separatist’s forces loyal to the government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Houthi forces and forces loyal to the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
- Saudi Arabia led coalition includes gulf countries like United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Kuwait (all GCC members). While, United States is providing logistical and intelligence support.