Saudi land push in Yemen would cause heavy casualties: top prince

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Saudi land push in Yemen would cause heavy casualties: top prince
Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman waves as he meets with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2017. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

May 2, 2017

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia could launch a land offensive in Yemen to crush its Iranian-aligned Houthi enemies but the cost in casualties would be heavy on both sides, the kingdom’s powerful deputy crown prince said on Tuesday.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is Saudi defence minister, also said in a nationally-televised interview that Riyadh’s decision to mount a military campaign to end Houthi control of swathes of Yemen in 2015 was necessary to restore the country’s internationally-recognized government.

He added that Riyadh was unable to hold a dialogue with its arch-rival Iran because of what he called the Islamic Republic’s extremist ideology.

(Reporting by Sami Aboudi, Editing by William Maclean and Gareth Jones)

TOPICS:Iranian-aligned HouthilaunchmilitaryYemen

  • Bill Jr

    Dear Crown Prince, Go Back To School You Missed The Lesson on What War Is. Maybe The Translation For War Is Obscuring Your Thinking, Try Crusades Instead! Most Muslims Know What That Word Means. May The Pope Pray For You Nightly Before You Go To Bed.

  • No Mas

    Hire American black ops teams to clean out Yemen, sell your Saudi owned Lamborghini taxis to cover the cost.

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