Arab-led strikes, Houthi clashes continue in Yemen

Guard stands on the collapsed roof of the house of General Ali al-Dhafif, a Yemeni army brigade commander, after it was hit by Saudi-led air strikes near Sanaa, Yemen. (Reuters)

Arab-led warplanes bombed Yemeni Houthi militias who clashed with pro-government fighters in the south on Sunday.

The coalition air raids targeted positions of the Iran-backed militias and their allies, forces loyal to deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Aden and Lahj provinces.

Earlier this week, the Arab-led coalition said it did not receive a request from Hadi's government to halt attacks, amid U.N. calls for a truce to take effect.

The leader of the Houthi militia said he did not expect the truce to take hold.

Air strikes hit rebel positions on the outskirts of the port city of Aden as well as a convoy in the city's neighbourhood of Khor Maksar, a military source told Agence France-Presse.

Meanwhile, clashes intensified in Aden, where rebels have laid siege to many areas that are controlled by southern fighters loyal to Hadi and known as the Popular Resistance.

The southern fighters managed to push back the rebels in the coastal Ras Amran area, west of Aden, according to General Fadhel Hasan, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance.

The fighting left 17 gunmen dead, including 11 militias, according to Hasan, who said the southern fighters have "received sophisticated weapons from the coalition".

Three air raids struck Al-Anad air base which is controlled by rebel forces in Lahj, north of Aden, another military source told AFP.

After the Houthis overran Sanaa unopposed in September, they went on to seize control of several regions, and advanced on Aden where Hadi had taken refuge after escaping house arrest.

(With AFP)
 

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