Air strikes kill 17 fighters in Yemen

    Air strikes kill 17 fighters in Yemen

    March 13, Sanaa: At least 17 have been killed in air strike by suspected al-Qaeda fighers in a restive district in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden.

    According to witnesses, medics, and a security official, the air raids hit al-Mansoura district, a stronghold for fighters and an area that has witnessed several attacks against security officials since the Saudi-led coalition retook Aden last July from Iran-allied Houthi rebels.

    The attacks come a day after forces loyal to Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi broke a siege by the Houthis around Taiz, the country's third biggest city, about 200km northwest of Aden.

    Sources said at least 20 civilians and fighters were wounded in the strikes, as well as three members of the security forces.

    The raids targeted fighters who were sitting atop vehicles, and one strike hit a government building. Intermittent clashes were still going on Sunday, they said.

    The air strikes - thought to have been carried out by the Saudi-led coalition - were the "second stage" of freeing al-Mansoura from al-Qaeda fighters, a security official said.

    There was no immediate comment from the Saudi-led coalition.

    The Saudi-led coalition began a military campaign a year ago to prevent the Houthis from taking complete control of Yemen.

    The Oslo Times


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