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Saudi-led airstrike kills 20 in Yemen

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Aden (Yemen), April 12: At least 20 people were killed and several others injured when an airstrike of the Saudi-led coalition forces targeted a military camp in Yemen’s southern province of Taiz on Sunday morning, a government official said. “The Saudi-led airstrike bombed the headquarters of the 22nd Armoured Brigade controlled by Shia Houthi gunmen in Jad area of Taiz, killing at least 20 people and injuring a number of others, including civilians,” the official of Taiz’s local government told Xinhua news agency. The airstrike caused heavy material damages inside the military camp and partially destroyed some nearby houses in the area, the government source said.

Ahmed Walyd, a resident in Jad area of Taiz, where the Saudi-led airstrike took place, told Xinhua that “a number of missiles also struck a small village and a poultry farm next to the military camp”. In the southern port city of Aden, intense fighting between pro-Houthi forces and tribal militia linked to Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi continued in several areas across the province despite the Saudi-led air raids on Houthi-held sites.

Witnesses told Xinhua that warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition forces pounded on Sunday some Houthi-controlled sites in and around Hadi’s Presidential Palace in Aden’s neighbourhood of Cirater, with no immediate reports of casualties. The security situation in Yemen has sharply deteriorated since early March when conflicts erupted in several provinces in the country’s southern regions.

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia started from March 26 airstrikes on Houthi targets in the Yemeni capital of Saa and other cities, saying the multitiol action is to protect President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s legitimacy and force the Houthis to retreat from cities they have seized since September 2014. (IANS)

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