Jemen er på vei inn i borgerkrig, sies det. Nå samler Saudi-Arabia tropper og artilleri på grensen, skriver Foreign Policy. Skal også den arabiske halvøy får sin regionale krig? Regjeringen ber om assistanse utenfra. Hvor mange

With Houthi forces pushing farther south toward Aden, President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi may have fled the city and Saudi Arabia has begun massing artillery and other heavy military equipment near the Yemeni border. The Saudis’ move comes a day after Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen called on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to intervene in Yemen “to stop this Iranian-backed Houthi expansion” and as Yemen’s mission to the United Nations called on the U.N. Security Council to allow “willing countries that wish to help Yemen to provide immediate support for the legitimate authority by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter the Houthi aggression.” Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saudi al-Faisal said that the Kingdom “will take the necessary measures for this crisis to protect the region.” A Houthi commander responded by saying that if Saudi Arabia intervenes, Houthi troops “wouldn’t stop our expansion at Mecca but rather Riyadh.”

The Houthis seized Sanaa in January and President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled to Aden last month. Several Gulf nations have subsequently relocated their embassies to follow Hadi. Tensions in Yemen’s second city escalated last week as Hadi’s troops clashed with military units loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has thrown his support behind the Houthis. The Houthis have responded to the clashes in Aden with a new push southward. Over the weekend, they took the city of Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city. Protesters have revolted in the days since and been put down by force, resulting in at least eight deaths, according to reports. Yesterday, Houthi forces continued south into Lahj and al-Dali provinces, and this morning seized an airbase just 35 minutes from Aden. This morning Yemeni media reported that Hadi had fled the city, though presidential aides disputed those reports.