Saudi-led coalition hit rebel base in central Yemen
Saudi-led air strikes hit a rebel base in central Yemen on April 12 and clashes raged in southern city Aden as France’s top diplomat voiced Western support for the air campaign in Riyadh.
In the third week of strikes mounted by Saudi Arabia and its allies, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Pariswas “naturally on the side of its regional partners for the restoration of stability in Yemen,” according to his entourage.
“Concerning Yemen, we are here to demonstrate our support, especially political, to the Saudi authorities,” Fabius told reporters as he began a series of meetings with the Saudi leadership including King Salman.
Saudi Arabia, an important ally of France, leads a coalition of nine Arab countries which since March 26 has carried out air strikes against the Houthi Shiite rebels who overran the capital Sanaa in September.
Riyadh feared the rebels would take over the entire country and move it into the orbit of Shiite Iran, Sunni Saudi Arabia’s regional rival.
On April 12, air strikes continued to target positions of the Houthis and their allies.
A pre-dawn strike hit Camp 22 in al-Dhahra in the south of Taez province killing 15 rebels or allied troops, a medic at al-Thawra hospital said.