Saudi airstrikes destroy Yemen rebel site

2015-09-06 17:04
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Sanaa - Airstrikes from a Saudi-led coalition destroyed a key rebel encampment in the country's capital on Sunday, rocking downtown with blasts that also hit a school, restaurants and embassies, officials and witnesses say.

The strikes wounded 17 people, including school children taking final exams, medical officials said. The Saudi and Emirati embassies were damaged, the reports said.

Yemen is torn by fighting between the rebels known as Houthis, allied with forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, against President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's coalition-backed forces, as well as southern separatists, local militias and Sunni extremists.

Columns of grey smoke rose early on Sunday morning from the downtown Houthi encampment, the headquarters of the special security forces, where troops remain loyal to Saleh.

The Saudi-led and US-backed coalition, made up mainly of Gulf nations, has been launching airstrikes against the rebels since March.

Push rebels out

The security officials said warplanes also targeted weapons caches in the mountains of Noqum and Ayban, east and west of Sanaa.

In the port city of Aden, meanwhile, hundreds of pro-government security forces rallied in front of the governor's office demanding unpaid wages. The troops had defected from Saleh's special security forces in March and helped push the rebels out of the city.

The protesters said Yemen's minister of interior and Aden city officials have not fulfilled promises to compensate them for the risks they took and their continued service.

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