Saudi Arabia Says It Is Ending Air Strikes In Yemen

April 21, 2015 8:42 PM

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Saudi Arabia says it is ending airstrikes on neighboring Yemen today. For nearly four weeks the Saudi's have led a coalition of countries carrying out massive strikes against Houthi rebels. The rebels ousted Yemen's president and now control the capital. The U.S. has supported the strikes despite a heavy death toll. Saudi and U.S. officials say the Houthis are supplied by Iran. Iran denies it. We go now to NPR's Leila Fadel who is in Saudi Arabia and is near the border with Yemen. And Leila, what did the Saudis announce exactly?

LEILA FADEL, BYLINE: Well, the Saudis say the bombing campaign will stop because they've destroyed all of the Houthis' heavy weaponry and ballistic missiles. Today's the 27th day of the airstrike campaign which basically paralyzed Yemen, an already really poor country. But that doesn't mean this is ...

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