Saudi Arabia has declared the end of Decisive Storm operation against Yemen, and announced the beginning of a new phase dubbed Operation Restoring Hope, Saudi state TV says.
Saudi Arabia has “ended Operation Decisive Storm based on a request by the Yemeni government,” and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, said Saudi government spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri on a televised broadcast on Tuesday.
He added that the Saudi naval blockade on Yemen would stay in place and the Saudi forces would continue targeting Ansarullah movement Houthi fighters.
According to a Saudi military statement, the next phase of the operations would be aimed at commencing political talks and delivering aid, and will start on Wednesday.
The airstrikes had successfully removed, “threats to Saudi Arabia's security and that of neighboring countries," another statement by the Saudi defense ministry said.
Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 -- without a UN mandate -- in a bid to restore power to Hadi, who is a close ally of Riyadh.
According to reports, about 2,800 people have been killed during the aggression.