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Saudi Arabia Coalition Starts Naval Blockade of Bab El-Mandeb Strait

Sputnik News

00:58 27.03.2015(updated 02:57 27.03.2015)

The Arab states' coalition led by Saudi Arabia began naval blockade of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait which links the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported Friday citing anonymous sources.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The newspaper said that Saudi Arabia's western fleet blocked major Yemeni ports, including Aden.

Intense explosions were reported on the ground in the Yemeni capital Sanaa early Friday as coalition airstrikes resumed on the positions of missile forces there.

On Thursday, the coalition of Arab states comprising Bahrain, Qatar and Egypt among other states launched airstrikes against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen. The strikes were reportedly carried out on the airport in Sanaa and a number of military positions following the request of ousted Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

In January 2015, the Houthi rebels seized presidential palace and some government buildings in Sanaa, forcing Hadi to resign and dissolved the parliament. In early February, Houthis announced formation of a presidential council in order to form a transitional government.

Hadi, who was placed under house arrest in Sanaa, fled to the port city of Aden in February and later rescinded his resignation.


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