Sources affiliated with the Houthis claim that the Israeli Air Force is taking part in the Saudi-led ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ in Yemen, as Netanyahu warned yesterday from the “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen Axis”. Meanwhile, the Arab League announced the establishment of a joint military task force to block Iran’s advancement.
“The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen Axis”. Archives Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
Sources affiliated with the Houthis in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, claimed today (Mon) that the Israeli Air Force is taking part in attacks across the country, as part of ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ led by Saudi Arabia. The claim received no confirmation from other sources.
Yesterday, during a speech regarding the developing agreement between Iran and the world powers, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu also addressed the recent developments in Yemen: “In parallel to the convergence towards this dangerous agreement, Iran’s agents in Yemen are conquering vast parts of the country and attempting to take over the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb straits, which could alter control over sailing and the world oil supply,” he stated. “After the Beirut-Damascus-Bagdad axis, Iran is attempting a pincer movement in the south as well, in order to take control and conquer the entire Middle East. The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous for humanity and must be stopped.”
Meanwhile, it was reported that the Arab League leaders agreed to form a united Arab military task force that will deal with what they described as “the current challenges in the Middle East”. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced that the 22 member states of the Arab League will join forces under the command of the League.
Spiralling towards chaos in Yemen. Archives Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
The leaders met today in Sharm el-Sheikh, and based on reports from Egypt, agreed on the joint military force consisting of 40 thousand soldiers, recruited from the armies of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Qatar and Egypt, as well as tanks, fighter planes and battle ships.
The move was decided upon on the backdrop of the violent civil war in Yemen, which continues to escalate as Iran’s involvement in the country ensues, as well as the Saudi Arabian Air Force strikes on Houthi rebels, which have been taking place over the past four days.
Secretary-General of the Arab League, Nabil Elaraby, warned that Yemen is spiraling into chaos. “These are events that demand International and Arab enlistment,” he stated. “We have exhausted all efforts to reach peaceful solutions in order to bring the Houthi uprising to an end and reinstate the legitimate government.”
Over the past few days, Iran has also been gaining control over parts of Iraq, in support of the Assad regime in Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Teheran is not part of the Arab League, and the decisions reached in its emergency summit were aimed mostly at blocking Iran’s advancements in the Middle East.