PEN­TAGON BACKS RIYADH’S DE­CI­SION

Khaleej Times - - MIDDLE EAST -

> Pen­tagon chief Jim Mat­tis says he sup­ports Saudi Ara­bia’s de­ci­sion.

> The Pen­tagon had provided re­fu­elling ca­pa­bil­i­ties for about 20 per cent of coali­tion planes fly­ing sor­ties over Ye­men

> The de­ci­sion came after the coali­tion said it has boosted its ca­pa­bil­ity to in­de­pen­dently carry out the re­fu­elling.

> Coali­tion war­planes con­tin­ued to pound the strate­gic city of Hodeida

> De­spite Houthi at­tacks, forces made fresh ad­vances in the city.

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