Kuwait will send ground troops to Saudi Arabia as part of their involvement in the ground offensive in Yemen against the Ansarullah rebels, known as Houthis, a local newspaper reported Tuesday citing an unnamed government source.
“Kuwait decided on the participation of its ground forces, represented by an artillery battalion, in operations to strike at positions of Houthi aggression against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas reported Tuesday, citing an informed source.
Sending the troops was approved by the country’s cabinet and will be sent to Saudi Arabia as early as next week. No information was provided about the size of the force. Kuwait is part of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen which kicked off late March and involves more than 10 Saudi regional allies.
However, Kuwait has only been providing air support and if the report is true, Kuwait would become the latest country to provide ground troops to the coalition alongside the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Sudan.
Saudi Arabia launched the operation in a bid to reinstate their Yemeni ally, exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi,l after the rebels took control of the capital Sanaa and other parts of the country ousting the Saudi-backed government and forcing Hadi to flee to Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia raises the prices of petrol, electricity & others in new budget. Low oil prices and war in Yemen start to affect the Kingdom — Nervana Mahmoud (@Nervana_1) December 29, 201
The conflict has so far killed more than 6,000 people. The U.N. agency for children, UNICEF, has said that nearly half of those killed in the war so far have been civilians, and that 637 of them have been children.
This content was originally published by teleSUR.