Houthis strike civilian homes in Yemen’s Aden

Houthi fighters sit on a tank near the Presidential Palace in Sanaa March 25, 2015.

Houthi fighters sit on a tank near the Presidential Palace in Sanaa March 25, 2015.


Yemeni Houthi rebels striked civilian homes in Aden‘s port district of Mualla using army tanks, residents told Al Arabiya News Channel on Saturday night.

The strikes killed many, including children, the residents said, adding that parts of the southern port city have been without water or electricity for two days, according to Reuters news agency.

Residents said life was becoming unbearable. “How long can people live without water or electricity?” said Mohammad Fara’a.

Another resident, Hassan Abdallah, said people were using a long-disused well at one of the mosques to get water.

Meanwhile, in the southern city of Dalea, Houthis have reportedly executed seven civilians the group was holding as captives.

The Houthis and militias of the deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh seized power in the capital Sanaa in February and last month advanced on the port city of Aden, Hadi’s stronghold, forcing him to go into exile.

The latest fighting is one of many conflicts in Yemen, where mass demonstrations inspired by the wider Arab uprisings of 2011 led to Saleh’s resignation after three decades in power plagued by southern separatism, tribal unrest and al-Qaeda militancy.


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