A local Kuwaiti newspaper reports that the government of Kuwait has approved sending a ground force to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen starting as early as next week.
Kuwait will send ground troops to Saudi Arabia as part of their involvement in the ground offensive in Yemen against the Ansarullah rebels, known as Houthis, the local newspaper reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed government source.
“Kuwait decided on the participation of its ground forces, represented by an artillery battalion, in operations to strike at positions of Houthi aggression against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas reported Tuesday, citing an informed source.
The country’s cabinet approved the move to send the troops, who will be sent to Saudi Arabia as early as next week. However, no information was provided about the size of the force. Kuwait is part of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen which kicked off the military operation in late March and involves more than 10 Saudi regional allies.
However, Kuwait has only been providing air support and if the report is true, Kuwait would become the latest country to provide ground troops to the coalition alongside the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Sudan.
Saudi Arabia launched the military operation earlier this year in a bid to reinstate their Yemeni ally, exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, after the rebels took control of the capital Sanaa and other parts of the country ousting the Saudi-backed government and forcing Hadi to flee to Riyadh.
The conflict has so far killed over 6,000 people. The U.N. agency for children, UNICEF, has said that nearly half of those killed in the war so far have been civilians, with 637 of them being children.