Saudi-led coalition says 'Decisive Storm' campaign against Yemen rebels over, new phase begins

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In this April 13, 2015 photo released by U.S. Navy Media Content Services, helicopters fly from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt during a vertical replenishment with the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Gulf of Oman. The U.S. Navy has dispatched USS Theodore Roosevelt toward the waters off Yemen to join other American ships prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to Houthi rebels, U.S. officials said on Monday. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli/ U.S. Navy Media Content Services via AP)


FILE - In tbhis May 29, 2003 file photo, sailors man the rails as the USS Theodore Roosevelt is manuvered into it's berth at the Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. U.S. Navy officials say the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen and will join other American ships prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the rebels fighting in Yemen. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)


SANAA, Yemen — A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels in Yemen says the so-called "Decisive Storm" campaign is over, but that allies will launch a new phase aimed at preventing the rebels from operating.

Speaking at a news conference in Riyadh on Wednesday, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri says the objectives of the campaign have been met and that it would cease at midnight.

He says the rebels no longer pose a danger to civilians and that the new phase, called "Renewal of Hope" would focus on rebuilding the country while interdicting the rebels.

Asiri did not rule out future airstrikes against the Houthi rebels.

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