Shelling near Ye­men’s port city of Aden kills at least 45 peo­ple

Cape Breton Post - - CLASSIFIEDS / WORLD -

Shi­ite rebels and their al­lies in Ye­men ran­domly shelled a town Sun­day out­side of Aden af­ter los­ing con­trol of some the port city’s neigh­bour­hoods, killing at least 45 peo­ple and wound­ing 120, of­fi­cials said.

The vi­o­lence high­lighted the bloody chaos of the civil war grip­ping the Arab world’s poor­est coun­try, which also has been the tar­get of Saudi-led, U.S.-backed airstrikes since late March.

A leader with the Shi­ite rebels, known as Houthis, de­nied shelling Dar Saad, a town just north of Aden and long home to fight­ers re­sist­ing their ad­vances. But Ye­meni med­i­cal of­fi­cials and a doc­tor with an in­ter­na­tional aid or­ga­ni­za­tion said the shelling clearly came from the north and east of Dar Saad _ ar­eas un­der rebel con­trol.

Aden, the scene of some of the war’s fiercest ground bat­tles, saw Saudi-backed troops and fight­ers seize from the Houthis some of its neigh­bour­hoods and its in­ter­na­tional air­port last week. Sun­day’s shelling in Dar Saad ap­peared to be a way to both pun­ish those re­sist­ing the Houthis, as well as halt the ad­vance of their op­po­nents.

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