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At least 37 killed in Saudi raids on dairy plant in Yemen

1 April 2015 13:07


At least 37 people have been killed during a Saudi airstrike on a dairy plant in western Yemen.

The overnight raid in Al Hudaydah Province on Tuesday also left dozens injured.

According to medics, part of the factory was destroyed and rescue teams were looking for survivors under the rubble.

Saudi fighters also targeted an airport and a number of military bases in Aden Province in the south of the Arab country during airstrikes overnight on Tuesday.

Saudi jets also hit a border region in Hajjah Province in the north of the country, killing six people and injuring four others. The Red Sea port of Maidi was also targeted by Saudi airstrikes last night.

Saudi Arabia’s air campaign in Yemen started on March 26 in a bid to restore power to fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

The embattled president fled the southern city of Aden – where he had sought to set up a rival power base – to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, earlier this month after Ansarullah revolutionaries advanced on Aden.

The Ansarullah fighters took control of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, in September 2014 and are currently moving southward. The revolutionaries said the Hadi government was incapable of properly running the affairs of the country and containing the growing wave of corruption and terror.

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