Saudis lead air campaign against rebels in Yemen

March 26, 2015 12:16 PM

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(CNN)Saudi and allied warplanes struck rebels in Yemen on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia threatening ground troops and inserting itself into its southern neighbor's civil war, potentially opening up a broader sectarian conflict in the Middle East.

The swift and sudden action involved 100 Saudi jets, 30 from the United Arab Emirates, 15 each from Kuwait and Bahrain, 10 from Qatar, plus a handful from Jordan, Morocco and Sudan, plus naval help from Pakistan and Egypt, according to a Saudi adviser.

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