March 31, 2015 / 10:54 AM / 5 years ago

Yemen minister calls for Arab ground push 'as soon as possible'

CAIRO (Reuters) - Yemeni foreign minister Riyadh Yasseen called on Tuesday for an Arab ground intervention in the country “as soon as possible”.

Asked by an interviewer on pan-Arab television channel al-Arabiya Hadath whether he sought an Arab ground intervention, Yaseen responded: “Yes, we are asking for that, and as soon as possible, in order to save our infrastructure and save Yemenis under siege in many cities.”

For six days, a Saudi-led coalition has bombed Iran-allied Houthi fighters and army units fighting against President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, whose last bastion in the southern city of Aden was heavily shelled overnight.

Reporting By Omar Fahmy; Writing by Noah Browning, Editing by William Maclean and John Stonestreet

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