Ankara- Turkish foreign minister has ruled out military support, for a Saudi Arabian-backed operation to halt Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Mevlut Cavusoglu said the situation in Yemen had to be stopped immediately and that there was "no need for a sectarian war." During a televised interview, Cavusoglu said "We said we can give every kind of support, including intelligence, but not military support."

Cavusoglu discussed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks about Yemen, where he said that Turkey may consider providing "logistical support" to the Saudi military operation.

"Houthis are a small group. With foreign support, they took over Yemen," Cavusoglu said, adding, "The most concrete solution is a political one. There is no need for a sectarian war. There is no need for Iran to face off against Arab countries." Cavusoglu also said Turkey will consult with Gulf countries about what kind of a support it could offer.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of Arab countries, all of them U.S. allies, to launch airstrikes against Houthi positions since late Wednesday. Riyadh said the strikes were in response to calls by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi for military intervention to "save the people from the Houthi militias."