Southern People's Resistance militants loyal to Yemen's President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi take positions on the frontline of fighting against Houthi fighters in the country's southern province of Lahej March 24, 2015. REUTERS/Nabeel Quaiti
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Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East's top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict.The conflict risks spiraling into a proxy war with Shiite Iran backing the Houthis, whose leaders adhere to the Zaydi sect of Shiite Islam, and Saudi Arabia and the other regional Sunni Muslim monarchies backing Hadi.The armor and artillery being moved by Saudi Arabia could be used for offensive or defensive purposes, two U.S. government sources said. One U.S. government source described the size of the Saudi buildup on Yemen's border as "significant" and said the Saudis could be preparing airstrikes to defend Hadi if the Houthis attack his refuge in the southern seaport of Aden. U.S. officials said Saturday that the United States had evacuated all its remaining personnel in Yemen, including about 100 special operations forces, because of the security situation.
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