39 dead in Saudi-led Yemen strikes: health officials

Published: March 27, 2015
A tank bearing the flag of southern seperatist movement, which was confiscated from a military depot, is driven on a street in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. PHOTO: AFP

A tank bearing the flag of southern seperatist movement, which was confiscated from a military depot, is driven on a street in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. PHOTO: AFP

SANAA: At least 39 civilians have been killed in more than 24 hours of Saudi-led air strikes against Shia rebels in Yemen, health ministry officials said on Friday.

Twelve of the victims died when a raid against a military base north of the capital Sanaa hit surrounding residential areas, officials from the rebel-controlled ministry told AFP.

Witnesses said warplanes targeted Al Samaa base, which is used by army units believed to take orders from their former commander Ahmed Ali Saleh.

Saleh is the son of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is accused of allying with the Huthi rebels against President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

At dawn on Friday, three air strikes hit the presidential compound in south Sanaa which the rebels seized last month, witnesses said.

They also bombed a Huthi-controlled army brigade in Amran province, north of the capital, and arms depots in the rebel stronghold of Saada further north, residents said.

Overnight raids targeted another army brigade loyal to Saleh in the eastern province of Marib, tribal sources said.

A military official told AFP that on Thursday Saudi-led coalition jets also bombed a large arms depot in a third army camp used by forces loyal to the former strongman.

The official spoke of “dozens” of casualties at the camp, located in Sanaa’s southern outskirts, but the information could not be independently verified.

In central Sanaa, an anti-aircraft missile wounded eight people, one of them seriously, when it exploded in a market on Friday, a day after it was fired by Huthi fighters, a security official said.

According to residents, dozens of vehicles carrying anti-aircraft missiles have been continuously circling the capital’s neighbourhoods since the Saudi-led raids began.

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  • Marcos
    Mar 27, 2015 - 9:05PM

    Would love to see a PA/PAF contingent deployed in Saudi Arabia & operate against the Yemeni Houthis. And in return the Iranians will set Balochistan aflame & Sunni-Shia sectarian strife inside Pakistan will increase in intensity. Bure Din for Pakistan is definitely coming, thanks to increased volatility along its eastern, western & southern frontiers. Between the 1950s & 2014, Pakistan had no option but to do pimping for the West, & now the time has come for it to do pimping for its ‘brotherly’ Sunni countries in the Middle East.Recommend

  • Sonya
    Mar 27, 2015 - 11:16PM

    Until yesterday we were condemning Israel for their atrocities on poor Palestenians – now it is Saudi Arabia (the richest country) is bombing Yemen (the poorest country in the Arab world). Khana Kaba card is being played to garner opinion like Jihad was used in Afghanistan.Who cares about Islam? Recommend

  • muhammad ahmed khan
    Mar 28, 2015 - 3:13PM

    Saudi are upset due to heat at their border and awareness in side their country – lets see how long this keep them away from democracy !! Democracy which is the basic right of human being to choose rulers of their choice not the one who imposed on them because they belong to royal family !!Recommend

  • shafqat
    Mar 28, 2015 - 11:19PM

    We love kSA from our hearts.. its symbol for unity of Islamic Ummah .. our holy places which are basic foundation for all muslims.. so, am little bit emotional for protection of this country.. we have to help Saudia by all means.. come what may.. its our source of living and believe upon God.. In my personal capacity, I ll extend all moral support to defend the holy territory of KSa.. long live Saudia and its people.. love u all.. God would definitely be with you.Recommend

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