Pakistan faces an unenviable dilemma -- whether to join a Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen or stay out and risk angering its old ally which provides it with huge financial support.
Yemen`s Houthi militiamen and allied army units shelled Aden overnight while Saudi-led coalition jets bombed their positions near the airport, killing at least 36 people, officials and witnesses said on Tuesday.
Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition have stepped up raids on Houthi targets around the Yemeni capital Sanaa, residents say, forcing many to flee their homes and spreading fear and anger among a population already wearied by years of unrest.
Pakistan today dispatched a high- level delegation to Riyadh to hold talks with Saudi leadership that requested military help to a coalition of mainly Gulf states fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, officials said.
Iran's official news agency says Tehran has sent aid to Yemen, its first such shipment since a Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Arab states launched air strikes last week to halt the advance of the country's Shia rebels known as the Houthis.
Saudi Arabia has assured India full assistance in safe evacuation of Indians stranded in strife-hit Yemen as Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh flew to Djibouti on Tuesday to oversee evacuation efforts.
Air India on Monday flew its first flight to airlift hundreds of Indians stranded in the strife- torn Yemen, soon after the government decided to evacuate its citizens amid the chaotic situation in the Gulf country.
Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt announced the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya and as regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran engage in sectarian proxy wars.