Saudi Arabia Announces New Military Operation Against Yemen Houthis

Says move is response to growing cross-border attacks

Some five years into a failing war in northern Yemen, Saudi Arabia has announced the start of another military offensive there, saying that the latest offensive against the Houthis is coming because of recent cross-border attacks.

The Houthis had been engaged in preliminary peace talks, but when they didn’t make sufficient progress, the situation began to worsen. Early Saudi attacks saw the Houthis firing missiles and shelling targets in southern Saudi Arabia.

This has tended to be the way of things in this war, with unproductive talks leading to flare-ups in violence and ultimately to a return to relative calm before the peace process is given another chance down the road.

Mounting war exhaustion has everyone more interested in working everything out, but the Saudis’ interest in cutting Yemen’s access to aid at a time when coronavirus is a growing problem is likely to keep things tense for some time now.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.