Heavy air raids pound Yemen capital after rebel attack

AFP, By Jamal al-Jabiri, September 6

Sana’a – A Saudi-led coalition pounded the rebel-held Yemeni capital with air strikes on Sunday in retaliation for the killing of 60 Gulf soldiers in a rebel missile attack.

The United Arab Emirates had pledged to quickly avenge its heaviest ever military loss after 45 of its soldiers were killed in Friday’s strike, along with 10 Saudis and five Bahrainis as well as four Yemeni troops.

The UAE is part of a Saudi-led Arab coalition formed in March to try to reverse the gains of Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels and restore the rule of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

Sunday’s air raids, coinciding with funerals in the Emirates, pounded positions of the rebels and renegade troops loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Coalition warplanes hit military bases on the capital’s Nahdain and Fajj Attan hills and the neighbouring presidential complex, south of Sanaa, as well as a special forces headquarters.

Yemen crisis: UAE launches fresh Yemen attacks

BBC, September 5

Warplanes from the United Arab Emirates have launched air strikes on several targets across Yemen.

The strikes came a day after 45 Emirati soldiers died in Yemen in a missile strike claimed by Houthi rebels.

Ten Saudi troops fighting the rebels were also killed in the Houthi attack, Saudi officials said on Saturday.

A Saudi-led coalition is trying to restore the exiled president, who left as the Houthis gained control over much of the country.

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