The United States and its allies on Friday deployed about 2,000 troops to the Arabian Peninsula nation to bolster the fight against a Houthi offensive against a coalition of nations that include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and the United States.
The deployment comes as the Houthis, a powerful military group allied with Iran, have escalated their attacks in recent weeks against the coalition, which has been carrying out airstrikes against the group.
The U.N. says more than 200 civilians, including at least two children, have been killed since the offensive began on May 14, according to the coalition.
The U.K. said Friday that the deaths are “deeply concerning.”
The coalition’s coalition commander, Rear Adm.
John Kirby, said Friday the coalition will continue to work with Yemen’s government and the international community to fight the Houthi insurgency.
Kirby, the first American commander to be deployed to the war-torn country since the war began, is based at the Pentagon.
On Friday, Kirby said he was working with Saudi Arabia to coordinate military action against the Houths, which he said is in its last days.
Kirby said the U.A.E. and Bahrain are coordinating airstrikes with the United Kingdom to help counter the Houthian offensive.
He said the coalition is also taking a “very clear position” that it is against Iran-allied Houthis operating in Yemen.
But he said the United Nations and the U