Saudi Ministry of Defense Daily Briefing: Operation Decisive Storm
March 31, 2015
The following is a summary of the daily press briefing held today in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on the developments of Operation Decisive Storm. The briefing was conducted by Brig. Gen. Ahmed bin Hasan Asiri, advisor in the Office of the Minister of Defense.
- The coalition is urging all relief efforts, provided by countries or humanitarian organizations, to submit applications through diplomatic channels, citing the need to prepare material capabilities to accommodate such relief assistance to match them with the current military operation.
- The Najran airport resumed operating after being suspended due to random firing originating from the vicinity of the airport.
- The coalition's operations are continuing towards targets in Aden and its surrounding areas. Intelligence has shown Houthi militia are stationed within the city and along the roads leading to it.
- The coalition forces intensified operations during the past 24 hours, particularly in northern Aden. All targets moving towards the city were attacked.
- The operations are also continuing in the northern Yemen region of Saada, including the cities of Dalea and Shabwa where it's reported that Houthi militia is beginning to enter to find shelter from coalition airstrikes.
- The air campaign continues to target all air defense sites in addition to ballistic missiles with some of them targeted for the second time to ensure their complete destruction.
- Intelligence found a group of Houthi militia inside Aden before the start of the operations. Both the People's Committee stationed inside Aden and the coalition forces from outside of the city are working towards cutting their access to supplies, and preventing them from moving or inflicting harm.
- Aircrafts are on standby to immediately deal with the situation as soon as the People's Committee issues a report of activity by any Houthi group.
- In reference to the size of Saudi forces near the Yemeni border, Brig. Gen. Asiri said all units have been allocated for a certain mission, stressing that the existing forces are sufficient to deal with any threats.
- The airspace and ports of Yemen are under the complete control of the coalition forces. Existence of locations outside the territory of Yemen is not a goal, but the goal is that Houthi militias have no impact on the operations inside Yemen.
- There have been civilian casualties due to Houthi militias' attempts to enter the city of Dhamar.
- There is coordination among the coalition forces for supporting and providing relief to civilians in Yemeni.
- Houthi militia are trained and supported by Iran and Hezbollah.