Major escalation in the war on Yemen on the cards

Yemen’s exiled president ordered troops to advance on Sanaa hours after his predecessor was killed by Houthi rebels, officials said, as heavy fighting continued in the capital….

Saudi-led warplanes meanwhile pounded the rebel-held Yemeni capital before dawn on Tuesday, residents said.

At least seven strikes hit the presidential palace in a densely populated residential neighbourhood in the heart of Sanaa, witnesses said…

 

Hadi has ordered Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar to “activate military units and advance towards the capital,” a presidency official speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP.

Military and government sources said the army would advance on Sanaa from the east and northeast, with at least seven battalions ordered to move forward.

Houthi rebels in Sanaa (AFP)

Saleh’s son calls for revenge

Shortly afterwards, Saleh’s son, Ahmed Ali Abdallah Saleh, called for revenge against the Iran-aligned group on Tuesday, Saudi-owned al-Ekbariya TV quoted him as saying.

“I will lead the battle until the last Houthi is thrown out of Yemen … the blood of my father will be hell ringing in the ears of Iran,” Ahmed Ali Saleh was quoted as saying.

It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the report.

He called for his father’s backers to “take back Yemen from the Iranian Houthi militias”…

 

There were reports of further clashes and coalition strikes against Houthi-controlled government buildings and around Sanaa airport on Monday evening.

The Saudi-led coalition warned the city’s residents to evacuate rebel-controlled areas, as international aid groups warned on Monday they were losing the ability to reach civilians in Sanaa.

Source: Middle East Eye

 

 

 

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