Gargash said the UAE would push for a political resolution with the Houthis.
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The United Arab Emirates is better known for oil riches and skyscraper skylines, but right now it is conducting what could be a crucial offensive in Yemen's 3-year-old war.Emirati troops, along with irregular and loyalist forces in Yemen, have been fighting against Iran-backed rebels known as Houthis for Hudaida since Wednesday. The UAE, previously called "Little Sparta" by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, has a Western-armed military of 63,000 troops.The Arab-led force entered Yemen's war in March 2015 to support the country's ousted government against the Iranian-aided Houthis.So far, there have been "four or five civilians" killed, Gargash said, which he blamed on the Houthis.The Houthis have as many as 3,000 fighters around Hudaida, Gargash said.
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