Yemeni brigade rebels against Houthi-allied commander

Tanks seized recently by Southern People's Resistance militants loyal to Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi are seen at the al-Anad air base in the country's southern province of Lahej March 24, 2015. (Reuters)

A Yemeni military brigade in southern city of Taiz has rebelled against its leader loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh who is allied with the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Thursday.

Brigade 35 reportedly declared its support for President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, considered by the United Nations as the legitimated leader of the violence-hit country.

Saudi Arabia is leading a wide regional coalition, including the military powerhouses of Pakistan and Egypt, using military force to halt the Iran-backed Houthi rebels’ attempt to expand their control over Yemen.

Saudi fighter jets began bombing the Houthi positions early on Thursday and announced the deployment of 1,500 soldiers for potential ground operations against the militia.

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Arab Gulf states of the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar also dispatched their war planes for the anti-Houthi military campaign.

Egypt said it was dispatching four naval ships to the Gulf of Aden and expressed readiness to contribute ground and air forces to the campaign.

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BothMorocco, Jordan and Sudan have also contributed fighter jets to the campaign.

Pakistan warned on Thursday that any threat to Saudi Arabia would be met with a “strong response” by Islamabad, the only nuclear Muslim-majority power.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, meanwhile, said his country was losing patience with Iran's bids to “dominate the region” and said his country may offer logistical support for the Saudi-led military campaign.

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