Malaysian troops join Saudi-led coalition


Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, receives Malaysian army chief Gen. Tan Sri Raja in Riyadh on Sunday.

Malaysian troops on Sunday arrived at Saudi Royal Air Force bases to participate in the Saudi-led coalition to support the legitimacy in Yemen under Operation Restoring Hope.

Malaysia has become the 12th country to join the coalition after Senegal whose Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye announced last week that 2,100 Senegalese troops would join the coalition fighting Al-Houthis and the forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Ndiaye stressed the alliance seeks to defend the holy sites in Makkah and Madinah. The Saudi Ministry of Defense explained that the coalition’s operations center is preparing for incorporating the Malaysian and Senegalese forces into the ranks and determining the nature of tasks assigned to them.

Saudi military tanks belonging to the ground forces hit targets in Yemen after monitoring movements of Al-Houthis in the Saudi border area through thermal-imaging cameras.

Meanwhile, the coalition conducted new airstrikes on the residence of Saleh in Sanaa on Sunday. The former president appeared in a video in front of his destroyed house officially confirming his alliance with the Houthis.


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