Kuwait is expected to send a brigade of troops to join a Saudi-led military operation in Kuwait after a major Saudi-backed offensive against Houthi rebels killed more than 20 civilians, a state-run media outlet said Monday.
The Gulf kingdom and its Gulf allies, who have launched a series of attacks against the Houthis in the past week, have been sending thousands of troops and weapons to Saudi Arabia to help it retake territory that is controlled by the Houthi movement.
The coalition has also been trying to prevent the Houths from gaining a foothold in the country.
In a statement, Kuwaiti state news agency Saba said a group of 20 civilians were killed by a rocket attack on a military base in the southern province of Al-Bayda in the early hours of Saturday.
The group included a female soldier and four women.
“The army will be carrying out the operation with full force,” Saba quoted a military source as saying.
The military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The attack occurred about three hours after the Saudi-UAE operation began, the agency said.
The UAE is one of the biggest supporters of Saudi Arabia’s anti-Houthi campaign.
The United Arab Emirates has also pledged to send forces to the kingdom to help support its operations in Yemen, including to protect the Gulf state from Houthi threats.
In late May, Saudi Arabia began air strikes on Houthi targets in the kingdom’s southwestern province of Taiz.
The Saudi-run Al Arabiya TV station reported that the kingdom is preparing to send ground troops to the Yemen border to help with the Saudi campaign.
The Saudi-based Al Arabya reported that troops from the kingdom have also begun crossing the border into Yemen, where they are also helping to protect Kuwait from Houthis, Al Arabia reported.