The U.S. government has announced that it is ending its military operation in Yemen and is now “exercising limited airstrikes” to assist the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebels.
The airstrikes will now be limited to “targeting the Houthis in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, and in the south of the country.”
The coalition’s stated goal is to drive out the Houthites, but critics have said the strikes have only exacerbated the conflict and killed civilians.
The U,S., Britain, and France also announced the end of the operation.
President Donald Trump said the airstrikes were an “act of war,” but his administration has been criticized for its limited involvement in the conflict.
Trump also said Thursday that “the United States has decided to end its operation in the Horn of Africa.”
The operation was launched in October to help the U.N. mission in Yemen to protect the country from Houthi militias.
Yemen’s conflict has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced millions, and driven millions of people from their homes.
The coalition has been bombing Yemen for almost a year, with the U and its allies providing air cover for the Saudi air force, which has conducted nearly 400,000 airstrikes.
The Saudis have also launched air strikes on the country’s capital and the Houth’s stronghold in the southern port city of Aden, and are believed to have destroyed several hospitals and clinics in the capital.
Yemen has also suffered a string of attacks, most recently a suicide car bomb that killed at least 26 people in the city of Taiz in October.
The Saudi-backed Houthi rebel group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
The United States and the United Kingdom have imposed sanctions on the Houthias, which are backed by Iran and Russia, but the group has rejected them.
The Houthis have also refused to allow UN and U.K.-led peace talks to take place in Geneva.
The international community is still struggling to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict, which began in 2015 when Iran and Saudi Arabia launched a military campaign in support of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.
The two countries have also accused each other of backing armed groups who have taken over the capital, the Houths’ former capital, and the southern provinces of Aden and Hadramawt.
In February, U.P. Secretary of State Nikki Haley visited Yemen and met with the Houthes, who she said were “working together to try to reach a peaceful solution.”