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Saudi warplanes airdrop weapons to militants in Yemen

Iran Press TV

Fri Apr 3, 2015 4:47PM

Saudi military aircraft have dropped weapons to militants in the southern port city of Aden, as Riyadh pushes ahead with its military campaign against the impoverished Arab country.

The jets airdropped a number of wooden boxes containing various firearms and ammunition in Aden, located approximately 420 kilometers (260 miles) south of the capital, Sana'a, early on Friday, Arabic-language online newspaper, Aden al-Ghad, reported.

The report, citing an unnamed local military official, added that the militants have gained access to the munitions, noting that sophisticated communications equipment and advanced combat medical kits are also among the items airdropped.

Saudi Arabia's air campaign against Yemen started on March 26 in a bid to restore power to Yemen's fugitive president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

On March 25, the embattled president fled Aden, where he had sought to set up a rival power base, to Riyadh after Ansarullah revolutionaries advanced on the port.

The Ansarullah fighters took control of Sana'a in September 2014 and are currently moving southward. The revolutionaries said the Hadi government was incapable of properly running the affairs of the country and containing the growing wave of corruption and terror.

The United Nations says at least 519 people, including women and children, have so far lost their lives in two weeks of turmoil in Yemen.

UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said in a statement on Thursday that 1,700 people have been also wounded during clashes between rival groups in Yemen as well as the Saudi-led airstrikes.

The UN official added that 90 children were among the victims of the violence.

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