Saudi Arabia Evacuates Diplomats While Continuing Airstrikes on Yemen

World | March 28, 2015, Saturday // 13:28|  views

A handout picture provided by the Office of the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R), sits with Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi (L), upon his arrival to attend the 26th Arab Summit in Sharm al-Sheikh, 27 March 2015. Photo: EPA

Saudi Arabia evacuated dozens of its own and foreign diplomats from the city of Aden as it continued the airstrikes on Yemen.

Operation Decisive Storm, which is conducted by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition is aimed at halting the progress of Houthi rebels.

Yemen's President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who fled from Aden to Saudi Arabia, will address an Arab League summit in Egypt, the BBC reports.

It is likely that among the topics of the summit's agenda, which is focussed on the crisis, will be a possible ground offensive.

The Saudi Royal Navy conducted on Friday operation Tornado to evacuate dozens of diplomats from Aden.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait relocated their embassies to Aden after the rebels gained control of Sanaa.

Since the start of the airstrikes, which are supported by US President Barack Obama, but opposed by Iran, at least 39 civilians have been killed.

The Houthis want to replace the incumbent government of President Hadi, which is accused of being corrupt.

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