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