AP reports that the United States is speeding up the delivery of weapons to the Saudi-led coalition launching airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen.
Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the announcement to reporters in Riyadh on Tuesday, adding that the U.S. is committed to defending Saudi Arabia.
The announcement came after Blinken met with Saudi royals and Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled his country due to Houthi rebel advances.
The fighting in Yemen pits Hadi and his allies against the Houthis and military units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. As reported by AP, "Shiite powerhouse Iran supports the Houthis but denies arming them."
The Saudi-led air campaign began on March 25 but has so far failed to stop the Houthis' advance on Aden, Yemen's second-largest city. Hadi had declared Aden the provisional capital before he fled to Saudi Arabia.
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