Every soul backs Decisive Storm

Every soul backs Decisive Storm
Updated 26 April 2015

Every soul backs Decisive Storm

Every soul backs Decisive Storm

RIYADH: A newspaper hails Saudi Arabia's "brave armed men." Students build a remote-controlled fighter plane as a tribute to warplanes bombing Yemeni rebels. A phone company offers patriotic songs as ringtones.
This is wartime in Saudi Arabia, where every audible voice is behind the three-week-old air campaign against Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen.
"Our king has done something good," said Saud Mubarak, an unemployed man in his mid-20s.
He said the Saudi-led military coalition acted to stop the Houthi rebels' advance and to help the legitimate government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. "We're all happy about that," said Mubarak, a former security guard.
Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, former head of Haia in Makkah, said "over 90 percent" of people in the Kingdom support the operation in Yemen, which has been dubbed "Decisive Storm."
"I feel that what the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia did was 100 percent right ... not only for Yemen but all the countries of the Gulf, and Arabs and Islam," said Al-Ghamdi.
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has called the Yemen operation "a blessed step."
The rebels swept into the capital Sanaa last September from their highland stronghold and then advanced south on the port city of Aden, forcing Hadi to leave the country. The coalition began its campaign after the Kingdom feared the Houthis, allied with army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, would take over all of Yemen. The coalition says it has killed hundreds of Houthis. Six Saudi armed forces personnel have died and others have been wounded in skirmishes along the frontier with Yemen.
In the capital Riyadh, large video screens in shopping malls and on street corners mix advertising images with shots of marching troops and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman saluting beside a warplane.