Iran says it will make "all efforts to control the crisis in Yemen".

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Iran demanded an immediate halt to Saudi-led military operations in Yemen on Thursday, after warplanes from Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab allies including Egypt, Jordan and Sudan began conducting strikes against the Iran-allied Houthi forces fighting to oust the country's Western-backed president. Read more:

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Yemen updates: Syrian media decries 'blatant aggression' being directed against Houthis; Egypt, Sudan, Jordan part of Saudi-led coalition; Yemen presidential loyalists reportedly retake Aden airport after clashes.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia to lead ground operation against Yemen rebels, officials say

Iran demands immediate halt to Saudi-led strikes on Yemen; dozens said killed in airstrikes; Syrian media decries 'blatant aggression' being directed against Houthis.

Iran demanded an immediate halt to Saudi-led military operations in Yemen on Thursday, after warplanes from Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab allies including Egypt, Jordan and Sudan began conducting strikes against the Iran-allied Houthi forces fighting to oust the country's Western-backed president.

Early on Thursday, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV reported a ground offensive with troops from other Muslim states was being prepared. Earlier this week, Yemen's foreign minister publicly called on Gulf Arab states to help prevent the Houthis from gaining control of Yemeni airspace.

Violence has spread across Yemen since last year, when the Shi'ite Houthi militia seized the capital Sanaa, sidelining U.S. ally President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. It has made Yemen a front in Saudi Arabia's region-wide rivalry with Shi'ite-dominated Iran. Iran denies providing money and training to the Houthi, as alleged by some Western and Yemeni officials.

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Egypt: Ground operation planned in Yemen

Egyptian security and military officials say Saudi Arabia and Egypt will lead a ground operation in Yemen against Shiite rebels and their allies after a campaign of airstrikes to weaken them.

Three senior officials tell The Associated Press that forces would enter by land from Saudi Arabia and by sea from the Red Sea and Arabian Sea. They said Thursday that other nations will also be involved.

They would not specify troop numbers or say when the operation would start, only that it would be after airstrikes weaken the rebels and allied forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

They say the offensive aims to push the rebels into negotiations on power sharing. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

Hezbollah sees Yemen strikes causing more Mideast tension

Lebanon's Hezbollah condemned as "unjust aggression" Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen on Thursday and said it takes the region towards increased tension.

The Shi'ite group, which is backed by Iran, also called on Saudi Arabia and its allies to immediately and unconditionally halt the strikes.

Four Egyptian naval vessels en route to secure Gulf of Aden

Four Egyptian naval vessels have crossed the Suez Canal en route to Yemen to secure the Gulf of Aden, maritime sources at the Suez Canal said on Thursday.

The sources said they expected the vessels to reach the Red Sea by Thursday evening.

Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck the Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president on Thursday, a gamble by the world's top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard without direct military backing from Washington.

Syrian media: Saudi-led action in Yemen is "blatant aggression"

The Syrian crisis now in its fifth year has been another major theatre where Saudi-Iranian rivalry has played out in a regional conflict that has taken on a sectarian dimension pitching Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim against each other.

Shi'ite Islamist-led Iran has given military and financial backing to the Syrian government led by Assad, a member of the Shi'ite-linked Alawite sect.

Iran says it will make "all efforts to control the crisis in Yemen"

Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif called for an immediate halt to the Saudi-led military operations in Yemen on Thursday. "The Saudi-led air strikes should stop immediately and it is against Yemen's sovereignty," the Students News Agency quoted Zarif as saying.

"We will make all efforts to control crisis in Yemen," Zarif said, according to the agency's report from the Swiss city of Lausanne, where he is negotiating with world powers on curbing Iran's nuclear program.

Earlier on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry in Tehran called for an immediate end to the military operations.

"Iran wants an immediate halt to all military aggressions and air strikes against Yemen and its people," Fars quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as saying.

Hadi's men lost control of the southern city's airport on Wednesday to troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, an ally of the Houthis and a still-powerful figure in Yemen despite his departure from office in 2011.

Report: Files about U.S. intelligence operations taken by Yemen rebels

Yemeni intelligence files containing information about U.S.-supported counterterrorism operations and the names of informants have been looted by Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.

The newspaper, citing U.S. officials, said the information was taken when the Houthi fighters seized the office of Yemen's National Security Bureau, which had worked with the CIA and other intelligence agencies.

It added that intelligence officials believed additional files were given to Iranian advisers by Yemeni officials supporting the rebels.

 

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