SANAA/ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) – Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia on Thursday as Houthi rebels battled with his forces on the outskirts of the southern port city.
Throughout the day, warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck at the Shi’ite Houthis and allied army units, who have taken over much of the country and seek to oust Hadi.
SANAA/ADEN, Yemen, March 26 (Reuters) – Yemen’s President
Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden under Saudi
protection on Thursday and arrived in Saudi Arabia as Houthi
rebels battled with forces still loyal to him on the outskirts
of the southern port city.
Throughout the day, warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab
allies struck at Houthi forces, who have taken over much of the
country in their campaign to oust Hadi.
ADEN/WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia announced
on Wednesday it had launched military operations in Yemen,
carrying out air strikes in coordination with a 10-country
coalition seeking to beat back Houthi militia forces besieging
the southern city of Aden where the country’s president had
At a news conference in Washington, Saudi Ambassador Adel
al-Jubeir said Gulf Arab allies and others had joined with the
desert kingdom in the military campaign in a bid “to protect and
defend the legitimate government” of Yemen President Abd-Rabbu
Mansour Hadi. He declined to give any information on Hadi’s
ADEN (Reuters) – Houthi militia forces and allied army units seized Aden airport and a nearby air base on Wednesday, tightening their grip on the outskirts of the southern Yemeni city after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled his residence for a safer location.
The United States said Hadi, holed up in Aden since fleeing the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa last month, was no longer at the compound he has been using as a base. It offered no other details on his movements.
ADEN (Reuters) – Houthi militia forces in Yemen backed by allied army units seized an air base on Wednesday and appeared close to capturing the southern port of Aden from defenders loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, residents said.
The United States said that Hadi, who has been holed up in Aden since fleeing the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa last month, was no longer at his residence. It offered no other details on his movements.
ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) – Young men brandishing AK-47s patrolled the streets of Aden on Wednesday and government employees headed home as Houthi forces backed by heavy armor punched through defense lines, putting the southern city squarely in the firing line of Yemen’s war.
The Iranian-allied attackers, bent on unseating President Abd-Rabbui Mansour Hadi who they see as a pawn of the West, have reached within 40 km (25 miles) of the southern port city where Hadi sought refuge after fleeing the capital Sanaa.
Muslim clerics widely denounced Islamist militants in Syria over the burning to death of a Jordanian pilot, saying such a form of killing was considered an abomination under Islam, no matter the justification.
DUBAI/AMMAN (Reuters) – Muslim clerics widely condemned the burning to death of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State, saying such a form of killing was considered despicable by Islam, no matter the context.
Islamic State militants released a video on Tuesday appearing to show captured pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh being burnt alive in a cage. Jordan, which has participated in a U.S.-led military campaign to bomb Islamic State positions, responded overnight by executing two al Qaeda convicts on death row.
DUBAI (Reuters) – Al Qaeda in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, saying it was ordered by the Islamist militant group’s leadership for insulting the Prophet Mohammad, according to a video posted on YouTube.
Gunmen killed a total of 17 people in three days of violence that began when they opened fire at Charlie Hebdo last week in revenge for publication of satirical images of the Prophet.
DUBAI (Reuters) – Looking frail, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos appeared on television last month to reassure his people about his health. But after a long absence abroad for medical treatment, many Omanis are worried that their childless leader has no publicly designated heir.
In a turbulent Middle East, Oman remains an island of stability along with Gulf Arab neighbors, and many Omanis believe the succession process could be handled smoothly when the sultan finally departs.