Yemen: Night air raids on Sanaa

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The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has launched night raids in Sanaa, mainly against the Houthi-controlled Republic House, following the collapse of its alliance with former President Ali Abdullah al-Saleh and President Abdullah al-Saleh. #

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According to eyewitnesses, in addition to airstrikes, low-flying coalition Air Force aircraft over the Yemeni capital were also frequent.

The Palace of the Republic, located in the center of Sanaa in a densely populated district, has been bombed at least seven times. There is currently no information on any casualties.

The Saudi-led coalition yesterday called on civilians to remain "more than 500 meters" from Houthi-controlled areas, hinting that there would be an intensification of bombings.

The death of the former president at the age of 75, after 33 years in power, may be a turning point in the conflict in Yemen, but this does not lead at least immediately to any improvement in the situation for the civilians.

In Sanaa, where hostilities continued Monday night, the Houthis appeared to have taken the upper hand against forces swearing allegiance to Saleh, according to reporters in the capital.

Meanwhile, the son of the former president demanded revenge for the death of his father, as reported by the Saudi agency al Ekbariya.

"I will lead the battle until the last Houthi is expelled from Yemen (…) and my father's blood will sound like hell in the ears of Iran," said Ahmed Ali Saleh.

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He even asked his father's supporters to "take back Yemen from the Iranian Houthi militias."

Saleh still has many supporters in Yemen, including some army officers and armed guardsmen who once served under his command, and his allies may still be able to influence the outcome of the war.

Ahmed Ali lived under house arrest in the United Arab Emirates, where he served as ambassador before allying with Saudi Arabia against the Houthis, who until this week controlled much of Yemen along with Saleh.

Political sources said he was being held away from everyone and guarded at a mansion in Abu Dhabi. His first public statement may mean that his former enemies are using him against the Houthis.

Ahmed Ali, the former commander of the Democratic Guard's special corps, was about to succeed his father and this seems to be his last chance to regain his influence.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said today that the Yemenis would make the "attackers" regret their actions, in a speech broadcast on state television.

"Yemen will be liberated from the aggressors and the holy people of Yemen will make them repent," Rohani said.

For his part, General Mohammed Ali Jafari, commander of the Revolutionary Guards, denounced "Saudi traitors who are trying to sow uncertainty in the region under US orders and support and on the side of the Israelis." Fars.

 

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