Saudi-let jets strike key airbase in Yemen’s Lahij

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Saudi-led coalition warplanes staged a fresh wave of airstrikes on a key military camp held by the Houthi group in Yemen’s southern Lahij province on Monday, eyewitnesses have said.

Plumes of smoke were seen billowing from the flashpoint Al-Anad camp following the strikes, according to witnesses.

Saudi Arabia and its allies resumed pounding Houthi positions in Yemen late Sunday following the expiry of a five-day humanitarian cease-fire.

Fractious Yemen has remained in turmoil since last September, when the Houthis overran capital Sanaa, from which they have since sought to extend their influence southward to other parts of the country.

Riyadh says the anti-Houthi campaign comes in response to appeals by embattled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi for military intervention against the Shia group.

The Houthis, for their part, denounce the offensive as an unwarranted “Saudi-American aggression” on Yemen.

(AA)

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