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Saudi-Led Forces Pound Yemen Rebels    03/31 06:01

   Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounded Yemen's Shiite rebels for a sixth day 
on Tuesday, destroying missiles and weapons depots and for the first time using 
warships to bomb the rebel-held airport and eastern outskirts of the port city 
of Aden.

   SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounded Yemen's Shiite 
rebels for a sixth day on Tuesday, destroying missiles and weapons depots and 
for the first time using warships to bomb the rebel-held airport and eastern 
outskirts of the port city of Aden.

   The airstrikes' campaign by Sunni Arab states, which began last week, is 
meant to halt the advance by the Shiite rebels known as the Houthis who have 
overrun the country and forced Yemen's president to flee abroad.

   Overnight and into early hours Tuesday, the coalition bombed the Iran-backed 
rebels around the capital, Sanaa, according to Yemeni military officials. The 
strikes targeted Houthi positions and camps, as well as weapons depots 
controlled by the rebels, the officials said.

   Meanwhile, Iran said it sent an aid shipment to Yemen, according to the 
official IRNA news agency --- Tehran's first such delivery since the Saudi-led 
airstrikes started last Thursday. The aid contained 19 tons of medicines and 
medical equipment and two tons of food provided by the Iranian Red Crescent, 
IRNA said.

   The agency reported that the aid was delivered by air early Tuesday but did 
not say where the cargo landed. The coalition has bombed a number of rebel-held 
airports and has announced it is in full control of Yemen's airspace.

   The conflict in Yemen marks a major escalation in the regional struggle for 
influence between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which also back rival sides in Syria's 
civil war. Arab leaders unveiled plans at a conference Sunday in Egypt to form 
a joint military intervention force for Yemen, which could raise tensions 
further.

   Critics of the Houthis charge that they are an Iranian proxy. Iran has 
provided aid to the rebels, but both Tehran and the Houthis deny it has armed 
them. Iran reiterated those denials Tuesday.

   "Claims about the dispatch of weapons from the Islamic Republic of Iran to 
Yemen are completely fabricated and sheer lies," said the Foreign Ministry's 
spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham.

   Afkham criticized Saudi-led airstrikes, saying they have caused a high 
number of casualties and extensive damage.

   The Saudi-led coalition on Monday announced it has effectively imposed a 
naval blockade, days after taking control of the country airspace, to prevent 
weapons or fighters from getting in or out of Yemen. Also Monday, the coalition 
repelled a push by the Houthis and their allies, loyal to Yemen's ousted 
President Ali Abdullah Saleh, toward Aden.

   President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi had declared Aden a temporary capital 
after fleeing rebel-controlled Sanaa. Hadi, who was a close U.S. ally against 
Yemen's powerful al-Qaida affiliate, fled the country last week, but remains 
Yemen's internationally recognized leader. The U.S. has provided support to the 
Saudi-led coalition but is not carrying out direct military action.

   On Tuesday, coalition warships bombed Aden's airport and Houthi positions on 
the eastern outskirts of the city, according to Yemeni security officials. It 
was not immediately clear which coalition countries the ships belong to.

   All military and security officials spoke on condition of anonymity because 
they were not authorized to speak to the media.


(KA)


 
 
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