Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen (2015-)

Saudi Arabia, spearheading a coalition of nine Arab states, began carrying out airstrikes in neighbouring Yemen on 26 March 2015, heralding the start of a military intervention codenamed Operation Decisive Storm (Arabic: عملية عاصفة الحزم‎). The intervention began in response to requests for assistance from the internationally recognized but domestically contested Yemeni government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The request was due to a Houthi offensive aimed at its provisional capital of Aden. President Hadi fled Aden, left the country and went to Saudi Arabia as Saudi Arabia and its allies launched airstrikes in Yemen against the Houthis and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was deposed in the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

Fighter jets from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain are also taking part in the operation. Somalia has made its airspace, territorial waters and military bases available for the coalition to use. The United States has provided intelligence and logistical support, including search-and-rescue for downed coalition pilots. It also accelerated the sale of weapons to coalition states. Additionally, Pakistan was called on by Saudi Arabia to join the coalition, but its parliament voted to maintain neutrality. Despite this, Pakistan agreed to provide warships to help the coalition enforce the naval blockade.

On 21 April 2015, Saudi Arabia announced an end to Operation Decisive Storm, saying the intervention's focus would "shift from military operations to the political process". The kingdom and its coalition partners said they would be launching political and peace efforts, which they called Operation Restoring Hope (Arabic: عملية إعادة الأمل‎). However, the coalition did not rule out using force, saying it would respond to threats and prevent Houthi militants from operating within Yemen. Airstrikes and shelling continued under Restoring Hope, including aerial attacks destroying the main runway at Sana'a International Airport and several buildings in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sana'a Old City.

Saudi led Coalition Air-Strike on Indian Fuel Smuggling Ship; Hodeidah, Yemen, Sept 2015

Saudi led Coalition Air-Strike on Indian Fuel Smuggling Ship; Hodeidah, Yemen, Sept 2015

Taken on: 2015-09-01
Source: Thomasvanlinge/twitter

Alleged Saudi Spies Captured in Mukalla, Yemen; June 2015

Alleged Saudi Spies Captured in Mukalla, Yemen; June 2015

Exact date taken unknown
Source: Saeed Al-Batati/Twitter

Pro-Houthi Rally in Sana'a, Yemen; June  2015

Pro-Houthi Rally in Sana'a, Yemen; June 2015

Taken on: 2015-06-14
Source: Sherine Tadros/Twitter

Garbage Piling up on the Streets of Sana'a, Yemen; June 2015

Garbage Piling up on the Streets of Sana'a, Yemen; June 2015

Taken on: 2015-06-14
Source: Zein Ja'far/Twitter

Petrol queues in Sana'a stretch for 5 KM; Yemen, June 2015

Petrol queues in Sana'a stretch for 5 KM; Yemen, June 2015

Taken on: 2015-06-13
Source: Sherine Tadros/Twitter

Destroyed Auto in Yemen from Saudi-Led Airstrikes; Sana'a Yemen, June 2015

Destroyed Auto in Yemen from Saudi-Led Airstrikes; Sana'a Yemen, June 2015

Taken on: 2015-06-13
Source: Ibrahem Qasim/Wikipedia

House Destroyed in Sana'a, Yemen, During Saudi Bombardment; June 2015

House Destroyed in Sana'a, Yemen, During Saudi Bombardment; June 2015

Taken on: 2015-06-13
Source: Ibrahem Qasim/Wikipedia

House Destroyed in Saudi Airstrike; South of Sanaa, Yemen, Jun 2015

House Destroyed in Saudi Airstrike; South of Sanaa, Yemen, Jun 2015

Taken on: 2015-06-13
Source: Ibrahem Qasim

Saudi Defence Minister Visits Washington, DC with U.S. Counterpart; United States, May 2015

Saudi Defence Minister Visits Washington, DC with U.S. Counterpart; United States, May 2015

Taken on: 2015-05-13
Source: United States DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett

Saudi Airstrike in Sana'a, Yemen; May 2015

Saudi Airstrike in Sana'a, Yemen; May 2015

Taken on: 2015-05-11
Source: Ibrahem Qasim/Wikipedia

Shopping Center Destroyed - Operation Decisive Storm, Sanaa Yemen, Apr 2015

Shopping Center Destroyed - Operation Decisive Storm, Sanaa Yemen, Apr 2015

Taken on: 2015-04-21
Source: Mr Ibrahem/Wikipedia

Structures in Sana'a, Yemen After Saudi Airstrike, April 2015

Structures in Sana'a, Yemen After Saudi Airstrike, April 2015

Taken on: 2015-04-21
Source: Ibrahem Qasim/Wikipedia

Devastation Caused by Saudi-led Airstrikes on Faj Attan Neighborhood of Sana'a Yemen; April 2015

Devastation Caused by Saudi-led Airstrikes on Faj Attan Neighborhood of Sana'a Yemen; April 2015

Taken on: 2015-04-21
Source: Ibrahem Qasim

Bomb Explosion - Operation Decisive Storm, Sanaa Yemen, Apr 2015

Bomb Explosion - Operation Decisive Storm, Sanaa Yemen, Apr 2015

Taken on: 2015-04-20
Source: Marwan AlQaddi/Thomas Van Linge

Saudi Airstrike in Attan, Yemen, June 2015

Saudi Airstrike in Attan, Yemen, June 2015

Exact date taken unknown
Source: Hisham Al-Omeisy/Twitter

Night Time Airstrike Explosion; Attan, Yemen, 2015

Night Time Airstrike Explosion; Attan, Yemen, 2015

Exact date taken unknown
Source: Hisham Al-Omeisy/Twitter

Saudi Airstrikes in Attan, Yemen; May-June 2015

Saudi Airstrikes in Attan, Yemen; May-June 2015

Exact date taken unknown
Source: Hisham Al-Omeisy/Twitter

Saudi Airstrike Aftermath; Sana'a Yemen, 2015

Saudi Airstrike Aftermath; Sana'a Yemen, 2015

Exact date taken unknown
Source: Hisham Al-Omeisy/Twitter

Dhamar University Destroyed by Saudi Airstrikes; Dhamar, Yemen, 2015

Dhamar University Destroyed by Saudi Airstrikes; Dhamar, Yemen, 2015

Exact date taken unknown
Source: Fatik al-Rodaini/Twitter