Saudi-led war­planes pound Ye­men rebels af­ter pipe­line at­tack

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

AFP, 16TH MAY, 2019- Saudi-led coali­tion war­planes bombed Ye­meni rebel tar­gets in­clud­ing in the cap­i­tal on Thurs­day fol­low­ing in­sur­gent drone strikes on a key oil pipe­line that Riyadh said were or­dered by its arch-ri­val Tehran.

The new bom­bard­ment came af­ter the UN en­voy, who has been spear­head­ing ef­forts to end more than four years of con­flict in the Arab world’s poor­est coun­try, warned Ye­men still faced the threat of plung­ing into all-out war.

The Saudi deputy de­fence min­is­ter said that Tues­day’s at­tack by Ye­meni rebels on a ma­jor pipe­line in his coun­try was “tight­en­ing the noose” around peace ef­forts.

The Saudi-led coali­tion, which has been bat­tling the Huthi rebels since March 2015, con­firmed that its war­planes were car­ry­ing out mul­ti­ple strikes across rebel-held ter­ri­tory in Ye­men.

“We have be­gun to launch air strikes tar­get­ing sites op­er­ated by the Huthi mili­tia, in­clud­ing in Sanaa,” a coali­tion of­fi­cial, who de­clined to be iden­ti­fied, told AFP.

The coali­tion said it had hit “a num­ber of le­git­i­mate mil­i­tary tar­gets” that the rebels used to store mu­ni­tions.

The rebels’ Al-masirah tele­vi­sion said the coali­tion car­ried out at least 19 strikes, 11 of them in the cap­i­tal.

A strike on one Sanaa neigh­bour­hood killed six peo­ple and wounded 10, Dr Mokhtar Mo­hammed of the cap­i­tal’s Repub­lic Hos­pi­tal said.

Aid group Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders said that at least four peo­ple were killed and 48 in­jured in Sanaa in “sev­eral airstrikes” by the Saudi-led coali­tion.

An AFP cor­re­spon­dent saw one res­i­den­tial build­ing that had been re­duced to rub­ble by an air strike. Res­i­dents were us­ing their bare hands in a des­per­ate search for sur­vivors.

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