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News ID: 90158
Publish Date : 14 May 2021 - 21:42
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RIYADH (Dispatches) – The United States Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT) announced on Thursday that F-18 fighter jets were deployed to Saudi Arabia to ‘promote security and stability’.
"F/A-18D Hornet aircraft deployed to @378AEW [378th Air Expeditionary Wing at Prince Sultan Air Base], Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this week as part of a dynamic force employment to enhance @CENTCOM’s [U.S. Central Command] ability to deter aggression and promote security and stability within the CENTCOM area of responsibility,” USAFCENT wrote on Twitter.
The U.S. fighter jets were sent to the region as tensions have escalated in the occupied Palestinian territories and Saudi war on Yemen has raged.
The occupied territories have been simmering with rage over the Zionist regime’s plot to expel dozens of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the Old City in occupied East al-Quds as Tel Aviv presses ahead to Judaize Palestinian lands.
The anger further intensified with deadly Zionist attacks on Palestinian worshipers in the al-Aqsa Mosque complex during the fasting days of the holy month of Ramadan.
Tel Aviv also launched a bloody aerial campaign against targets in Gaza, killing more than 120 Palestinians, including women and children.
In Yemen, Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been resisting against the years-long devastating Saudi war, has voiced Yemenis’ full support for the Palestinian people in their struggles against the occupying regime, saying that the Yemenis are closely coordinating with the resistance axis in the wake of the recent tensions.
The U.S. deployment of F-18 attack planes to Saudi Arabia came as President Joe Biden had claimed he would end "all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales.”
The U.S. also deployed about 300 U.S. airmen and F-16 fighter jets to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia last month for an "expeditionary force deployment”.
U.S. military officials had said the new forces will partner with U.S. allies in the Middle East to "deliver airpower where and when needed.”
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