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U.N. Chief: Negotiations Remain Only Option for Resolving Yemeni Crisis

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday noted that Saudi Arabia was carrying out air strikes in Yemen but steered clear of asserting whether the military action was in line with international law.

Ban recalled that the Saudi intervention was at the request of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who is considered the legitimate head of state by the U.N. Security Council. 

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Hizbullah Urges Instant Halt to 'Saudi-American Aggression' in Yemen

Hizbullah on Thursday called for an immediate end to what it described as the “Saudi-American aggression” against Yemen, describing the Riyadh-led airstrikes against Shiite Huthi rebels as an illegitimate “adventure.”

"Hizbullah strongly condemns the Saudi-American aggression that targets the brotherly people of Yemen, its national army and its vital institutions," a statement from the group said.

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Lebanon Says Backs Any Arab Action that 'Reassures Everyone' after Yemen Strikes

Lebanon on Thursday took an ambiguous stance that is in the vein of its famous “dissociation policy” towards regional conflicts, voicing support for any joint Arab action that “reassures everyone,” after Saudi warplanes bombed Shiite rebels in Yemen and sparked Iranian warnings.

“Any joint Arab action is lauded if it is based on standards that guarantee (the interests of) everyone, reassure everyone and involve everyone,” Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil said, addressing a meeting for Arab FMs in Sharm el-Sheikh.

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Arab League Chief Declares 'Complete Support' for Yemen Strikes

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi declared his full support on Thursday for Saudi-led air strikes againts Huthi rebels in Yemen.

"I affirm complete support" for the campaign, he said at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers. "It is an operation against targets belonging to the Huthis who committed a coup."

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Sanaa Residents Flee Night of Terror

Hundreds of terrified civilians fled the Yemeni capital on Thursday after a sleepless night of heavy Saudi air raids against Shiite Huthi rebels.

"I'm leaving with my family -- Sanaa is no longer safe," said Mohammed, loading personal belongings onto a minibus in a northern district of Sanaa, which has been under Huthi control since September.

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Saudi Halts Flights at Airports near Yemen Border

Saudi Arabia halted flights at seven airports near the Yemeni border on Thursday, as it launched air strikes against Huthi rebels in its southern neighbor, the civil aviation department said.

"The General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia announced a temporary suspension of international and domestic flights to and from airports in the south of the kingdom," from dawn on Thursday, the department said in a statement.

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Morocco Joins Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen

Morocco has joined the Saudi-led military coalition that has intervened to support Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in his fight against Iran-backed Shiite rebels, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Rabat has "put at the disposition" of the coalition Moroccan warplanes already based in the United Arab Emirates, from which they have been participating in U.S.-led strikes against the Islamic State group, a statement said.

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Sudan to Provide Air, Ground Forces for Yemen Operation

Sudan is providing ground troops as well as warplanes for a Saudi-led military intervention against Shiite rebels in Yemen, the defense minister said on Thursday.

Saudi warplanes launched strikes on the Huthi rebels on Thursday in a bid to stop their advance on embattled President Abedrabbo Mansur Hadi's refuge in the main southern city of Aden.

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Pakistan 'examining' Saudi request over Yemen Intervention

Pakistan is examining a request from Saudi Arabia to join a coalition to defend Yemen's president against advancing rebels threatening his stronghold in Aden, Islamabad said Thursday.

The Gulf kingdom has begun air strikes against Shiite Huthi rebels and the Saudi ambassador in Washington said a coalition of 10 countries, including Pakistan, was being formed to protect the Yemeni government.

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Iran Condemns Saudi Strikes in Yemen as 'Dangerous Step'

Saudi air strikes on Shiite rebels in Yemen triggered a furious reaction from regional rival Iran on Thursday, with top officials warning that military action could spill into other countries.

The bombing of the Huthi rebels, who are said to be backed by Iran, came after days in which Yemen was said to be facing civil war.

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