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Saudi Arabia says operation against Yemen’s Houthi rebels over

Smoke billows from a Saudi-led airstrike on Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 8, 2015. A state-run broadcaster in Iran is reporting that the Islamic Republic has sent a navy destroyer and another vessel to waters near Yemen amid a Saudi-led airstrike campaign. Hani Mohammed/AP Photo

SANAA, Yemen – A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels in Yemen says the so-called “Decisive Storm” campaign is over, but that allies will launch a new phase aimed at preventing the rebels from operating.

Speaking at a news conference in Riyadh on Wednesday, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri says the objectives of the campaign have been met and that it would cease at midnight.

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He says the rebels no longer pose a danger to civilians and that the new phase, called “Renewal of Hope” would focus on rebuilding the country while interdicting the rebels.

Asiri did not rule out future airstrikes against the Houthi rebels.

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