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Saudi airstrikes target more areas in Yemen

Iran Press TV

Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:37PM

Saudi Arabia has carried out fresh airstrikes on Yemeni people and government facilities as Ansarullah fighters keep advancing in areas around the southern port city of Aden.

Saudi Arabia's invasion of Yemen continued for a fifth straight day on Monday with warplanes targeting areas around the presidential palace in the capital, Sana'a.

The airstrikes began late Sunday and continued unabated for almost nine hours, with Saudi bombers targeting positions of the Houthi fighters and the soldiers from the Republican Guard around the presidential palace. A base operated by the Republican Guard in southern Sana'a was also targeted by the strikes.

Yemeni air defense units said they managed to down a Saudi jet flying over the city of Marib, about 140 kilometers (90 miles) east of Sana'a, where Saudi jets claimed they have targeted radar facilities and surface-to-air missile batteries.

Yemeni army had earlier downed two Saudi bombers and one jet operated by the United Arab Emirates.

Sources in Hodeida said Saudi jets also targeted anti-aircraft defense systems in the western port city.

Houthis make new gains

Saudi Arabia's continued aggression against Yemen comes as the Houthi movement, which took control of the capital in September, keeps making new gains in other parts of the country.

Houthi fighters, backed by the army units pushed into the northeastern outskirts of Aden, where remnants of the regime of the fugitive president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, are still in control of some installations.

Houthis has also made a fresh advance from the east of the city along the Arabian Sea coast.

Crushing response awaits Riyadh

Houthis have vowed to give a crushing response to the Saudi invasion. Nasruddin Amer, a member of the Ansarullah movement's information committee, warned Monday that developments in the next few days would take Saudi Arabia and the world by surprise.

"The Yemeni nation will change the map of the region," he told al-Alam News channel.

The Al Saud regime unleashed its deadly air raids without a UN mandate against Yemen on March 26 in an attempt to restore power to Hadi, who is a close ally of Riyadh.

Saudi aerial attacks on Yemen have killed nearly 40 people while tens of others have been injured.

Hadi, who is now reportedly in Riyadh, stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries.

Gradually, as the Yemeni government failed to provide security and properly run the affairs of the country, the Ansarullah fighters started to take control of state matters to contain corruption and terror.

The Houthis say Hadi lost his legitimacy as president of the country after he escaped the capital in February.

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