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Airstrikes Hit Yemen Capital           03/30 06:29

   A series of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition shook Yemen's capital, 
Sanaa, overnight and early Monday morning as dozens of families fled the 
capital seeking safety.

   SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A series of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition shook 
Yemen's capital, Sanaa, overnight and early Monday morning as dozens of 
families fled the capital seeking safety.

   The strikes were targeting Shiite rebels, who have controlled the capital 
since September and have overrun most of Yemen, forcing the Western-backed 
president to flee the country.

   Meanwhile the rebels, known as Houthis, continued their military push south 
toward the port city of Aden, Yemen's economic hub and the provisional capital 
declared by embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

   Monday marked the fifth day of the airstrike campaign against the Houthis 
and their allies --- largely security forces loyal to deposed leader Ali 
Abdullah Saleh. The strikes have targeted militants, jets, air defense systems 
and Scud missile launch pads that could threaten Saudi Arabia.

   Several days of airstrikes have bred a climate of anxiety and uncertainty in 
Sanaa. Schools were canceled, residents sought shelter indoors, and hundreds 
fled to the safety of nearby villages.

   As the strikes were taking place, Arab leaders meeting in Egypt for the 
two-day Arab League summit unveiled plans to form a joint Arab military 
intervention force --- setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash 
between U.S.-allied Arab states and Iran over influence in the region.


(KA)


 
 
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