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.