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Yemeni officials say Qatar has sent ground troops for first time to fight Houthi rebels

  • A man inspects on the rubble of a house destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    A man inspects on the rubble of a house destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • People inspect on the rubble of a house damaged by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    People inspect on the rubble of a house damaged by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man stands amid the rubble of a house damaged by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    A man stands amid the rubble of a house damaged by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

Yemeni military officials say the Gulf nation of Qatar has deployed a thousand ground troops to Yemen to battle Shiite rebels.

Monday's development, which was also reported by the Qatar-based and funded Al-Jazeera news network, marks the first time Qatari ground troops are known to have been deployed to battle the rebels, known as Houthis.

The tiny, wealthy Gulf state is part of the Saudi-led coalition backing exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, whose forces are fighting the rebels and allied units from the splintered military.

The officials said the troops arrived in Marib, the site of a recent rebel missile strike that killed 60 coalition troops.

The military officials, who are allied with Hadi, requested anonymity because they are not authorized to brief reporters.