At midnight on 25 March, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman
Bin Abdelaziz Al-Saud gave the order for Saudi jets to
begin a campaign of airstrikes against Houthi targets
in Yemen. Riyadh’s uncharacteristically assertive intervention
in Yemen’s crisis, at the head of a ten-strong coalition of Sunni
allies, came at the request of embattled Yemeni President Abd-
Rabbu Mansour Hadi, but represents above all else Riyadh’s
conviction that the Houthis’ backer Iran must be stopped.