Saudi Arabia says it will make sure Houthis fail in Yemen as Iran says it will use all its influence to broker a peace deal and end the Saudi airstrikes. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Tribesmen in Saudi Arabia take up arms to protect the border with Yemen. The mountain region in the south is known for its calm natural beauty but its close proximity to northern Yemen has put tribesmen here on high alert. Saudi Arabia launched a campaign in Yemen some three weeks ago as it battles Iran-backed Houthi rebels. In Washington, Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S., Adel Al-Jubeir says it's a fight Houthis can't win. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ADEL-AL-JUBEIR, SAUDI AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S. SAYING: "They have no choice but to give up their quest to take over Yemen by force because they will fail, we will make sure of this. In Aden, the embattled hometown of exiled Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi -- street patrols as the Saudi led alliance of Arab states bombs Houthi militias and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh to stop them from seizing the southern port city. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ADEL-AL-JUBEIR, SAUDI AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S. SAYING: "We, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is Yemen's best friend. When Yemen ails, we ail, and when Yemen is prosperous, we prosper. We have no ambitions in Yemen territorial or otherwise. WE want to be the best friend of every Yemeni irrespective of their ethnicity or their background. We want to have a stable, secure prosperous Yemen because t hat has a positive impact on Saudi Arabia. Iran said Wednesday it will use all its influence to broker a peace deal and end the Saudi airstrikes.