At least 76 dead in Yemen air raids, fighting

By AFP
Published: April 17, 2015
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Smoke rises above the Alhva camp, east of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on April 17, 2015, following an alleged air strike by the Saudi-led alliance on Houthi rebels camps. PHOTO: AFP

Smoke rises above the Alhva camp, east of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on April 17, 2015, following an alleged air strike by the Saudi-led alliance on Houthi rebels camps. PHOTO: AFP

ADEN: At least 76 people were killed in Yemen Friday as Saudi-led warplanes pounded rebels heading to bolster an assault on loyalists in Aden and fighting raged in Taez, officials said.

At least 20 rebels were killed, and two tanks and four armoured vehicles destroyed, in the overnight air strikes on a convoy headed out of Yemen’s largest air base, Al Anad, provincial official Abedrabbo al Mihwali said.

The base was the main watching post for a long-running US-led war on al Qaeda in Yemen, and its evacuation by Western troops as the rebels advanced last month has created a vacuum that the extremists have exploited to make big territorial gains.

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In the port city of Aden, 32 rebels were among 40 people who died in fighting and air raids over the past 24 hours, a military source said.

Most of the rebels were killed in ambushes on the Dar Saad quarter of the southern city, Yemen’s second largest.

In Taez, in the central highlands north of Aden, at least 16 people were killed as soldiers who have remained loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi put up fierce resistance to an attack on their base by Houthi rebels and renegade troops.

Three civilians were among the dead when a stray shell hit their home, a military source and residents said.

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The 35th Brigade headquarters at the centre of the fighting escaped the lightning offensive that saw the rebels advance from their stronghold in the mainly Shia northern mountains this spring into mostly Sunni central and southern provinces.

The support of army units still loyal to longtime strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, ousted in 2012 after a bloody year-long uprising, has been crucial to the insurgents’ progress.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Ariba
    Apr 18, 2015 - 5:20PM

    Rebels!? Seriously ET? Even ET is taking its policy from Saudia or whoever controls Saudia.

    Its plain and clear that there was not threat posed not a single rocket bullet towards Saudia.

    Its like Israel calling everyone in Palestine a terrorist and our newspapers would actually write that. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 19, 2015 - 12:28AM

    I am no expert on war strategy……..but I do realize that only air raids is not the answer. Recommend

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