FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 file photo, a Shiite fighter known as a Houthi stands guard in front of buildings damaged by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
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Qatar has sent around 1,000 ground troops to Yemen, Doha-based Al Jazeera television said Monday, their first reported involvement in a Saudi-backed offensive against the dominant Houthi group.The reported involvement of Qatari ground troops came amid an escalation of the conflict days after a missile strike that killed dozens of Gulf Arab soldiers.A Qatar-based defense source said the number of Qatari troops was less than 1,000 .The Saudi-owned al-Hayat newspaper said Monday that Saudi Arabia had also sent "huge reinforcements" of its elite forces, along with Qatari troops, to Marib.
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