Yemen needs long-term support to avoid 'another Libya': coalition

Smoke billows after a mortar shell hit a building in the Beer Basha area of Taez, southern Yemen, on March 12, 2016Major combat in Yemen is nearing an end but the country will need long-term support from the Saudi-led coalition to secure its institutions, the coalition spokesman said on Wednesday. Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri also told AFP in an interview that fighting has essentially stopped along the border, where demining has begun in an effort to assist aid flows. Saudi Arabia and several of its Sunni Arab allies began air strikes on March 26 last year against Iran-backed Huthi rebels and their allies, elite troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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