Houthis target Yemen’s Aden, killing four

Residential areas in Aden bombed by Iranian backed Houthi rebels, killing at least four people

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Houthi rebels in Yemen have bombed a residential area in the northern city of Aden, killing a woman and her three children.

Witnesses say the rebels took advantage of Ramadan’s breakfast time and the dawn prayer to bomb the houses because aircraft belonging to the Saudi-led coalition aircraft intervening in the country do not usually fly during these times, Al Jazeera reported.

Earlier on Tuesday, fighting also broke out between the Houthi rebels and pro-government Popular Resistance forces in the province of Ibb, central Yemen, killing dozens of rebels and eight resistance fighters.

In the Baida province, the Popular Resistance launched attacks on military points belonging to the Houthis and forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Meanwhile in Taiz, local sources reported renewed clashes in several districts, which killed and injured dozens.

In the meantime, an Al Jazeera correspondent reported that Arab-coalition warplanes targeted a gathering of Houthi forces in a government complex in Baida’s Mukeiras province.

The battling sides in Yemen were on the cusp of reaching a peace deal in Geneva last Friday, which then collapsed, leaving no viable or clear roadmap for the future of the war torn country. The peace talks in Geneva ended on Friday without a deal, as the Saudi-led coalition launched further strikes on the Houthi-held areas in Yemen.

“There was no kind of agreement reached,” said the UN’s special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

But he said there were “positive signs,” stressing that both sides acknowledged the need for a ceasefire.

March 25 marked the start of Saudi-led operations in Yemen, which have so far resulted in the deaths of more than 2,000 people. President Hadi called on Arab countries to help “save Yemen” when Houthi rebels seized the country’s capital, Sanaa, last September. The rebels and their allies have responded with cross-border attacks against the kingdom.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been described as "catastrophic" by the UN, with 20 million civilians - 80 percent of the population - in need of aid.

TRTWorld and agencies