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57 Yemenis Killed, 215 Injured in Houthi Bombardment of Aden, Saudi Air Strikes Continue
July 19, 2015
Scores killed in Yemen as rebel fighters bombard Aden
France 24, AFP, 2015-07-19
At least 57 civilians were killed on Sunday when Shiite rebels bombarded Yemen's second city Aden, where Saudi-backed pro-government forces have made gains against the insurgents, a health official said.
The bloodshed came two days after Prime Minister Khaled Bahah declared the city to be "liberated," although Iran-backed rebels continued to resist in some districts.
Local health chief Al-Khader Laswar told AFP that the death toll had risen to 57 from 43, and that 12 children and six women were among the dead.
More than 215 people, also including women and children, were wounded when the Dar Saad neighbourhood in the north of the port city was targeted, Laswar said.
Backed by air support from Saudi-led warplanes and troops freshly trained in the kingdom, forces loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi have managed to wrest back control of most of Aden.
Two ministers from the government exiled in Saudi Arabia returned to Aden this weekend, and on Sunday they toured the southern city devastated by four months of ferocious fighting.
On Sunday, fighters from the pro-Hadi Popular Resistance advanced towards the rebel-held district of Al-Tawahi, a military source said.
Air strikes hit rebels
Aden's presidential residence is in the district, where Hadi took refuge after escaping house arrest under the rebels in Sanaa in February, before then being forced to flee for Saudi Arabia.
Warplanes from a Saudi-led Arab coalition have pressed an air campaign launched in March in support of Hadi and against the Huthis and renegade troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Since late Saturday, around 15 air strikes targeted rebel positions in Al-Tawahi and on the northern outskirts of the city where the rebels had brought in reinforcements, military sources and witnesses said.
There was also fighting in the Crater district where some rebels remain holed up, according to pro-Hadi fighters.
Nine rebels were killed in a raid on Khormaksar neighbourhood, witnesses said.
The interior and transportation ministers headed a delegation from the exiled government that landed in Aden on Friday night.
On Sunday they also took part in a meeting that looked into reopening the airport and the port to allow the flow of much-needed aid, as well as the restoration of electricity and water services, state media said.
Loyalist forces took the airport shortly after an assault dubbed "Operation Golden Arrow" began on Tuesday.
'There is no life!'
Some displaced residents have returned to assess the damage to their houses and neighbourhoods.
"There is no life! No hospitals, no electricity, nor water. If it was not for the two wells of the neighbourhood, people would have died of thirst," said Crater resident Moatez al-Mayssuri.
A rebel spokesman dismissed the government's claims on Saturday that it now controlled Aden as "psychological warfare and an attempt to improve the crushed morale" of loyalist fighters.
On Sunday, the spokesman for the Huthis' Ansarullah movement Mohammed Abdulsalam said the rebels had "regained the lead and repelled several attacks by the mercenaries".
The rebels, meanwhile, also targeted Saudi positions across Yemen's northern border in Najran and Jizan, according to the rebel-controlled Saba news agency which cited a military source.
Elsewhere, firefighters managed to extinguish a huge blaze at a gas depot southwest of Taez in central Yemen after it was shelled by rebels, according to the government-run news agency.
The United Nations has declared Yemen a level-3 humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale.
After weeks of shuttle diplomacy between the two sides, the UN announced a humanitarian truce last weekend to allow the delivery of desperately needed relief supplies, but the ceasefire failed to take hold.
More than 21.1 million people -- over 80 percent of Yemen's population -- need aid, with 13 million facing food shortages.
Upwards of 3,200 people have been killed in the fighting -- many of them civilians, the UN says.
Houthi savagery kills 43 civilians
A bombardment in Aden by the Houthi militia and forces loyal to deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh killed 43 people and injured 173 on Sunday, the Health Ministry said two days after the city was declared liberated.
More than 100 were wounded when the Dar Saad neighborhood in the north of the port city was targeted, local health chief Al-Khader Laswar said.
Clashes continued in the city’s northern districts as local fighters backed by the Riyadh-based government and a Saudi-led Arab coalition pushed to seize remaining parts of Aden. Those fighters and Yemeni army forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi seized Aden’s airport and other central areas in an assault dubbed “Operation Golden Arrow.” Their advance was aided by Gulf efforts to train and equip Yemeni army forces loyal to Hadi and transport them to Aden.
The interior and transportation ministers took part in a meeting aimed at securing the city. The meeting looked into reopening the airport and the port to allow the flow of much-needed aid, as well as the restoration of electricity and water services.
“There is no life! No hospitals, no electricity, no water. If it was not for the two wells of the neighborhood, people would have died of thirst,” said Crater resident Moatez Al-Mayssuri.
Elsewhere, firefighters managed to extinguish a huge blaze at a gas depot southwest of Taiz after Iran-backed rebels shelled it. On Sunday, fighters from the pro-Hadi Popular Resistance advanced toward the rebel-held district of Al-Tawahi, a military source said. The Popular Resistance captured Al-Anad Triangle located in Lahj province.
The following Arabic news stories are from the pro-Salih newspaper, almotamar:
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