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US-israel’s Rabid Dogs Al-Qaeda terrorists overrun town in southern Yemen

20 February 2016 10:59



Members of the al-Qaeda terrorist group have reportedly taken over a town in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan amid the continuing Saudi war that has thrown the country into chaos.

Al-Qaeda militants seized control of the town of Ahwar, located more than 250 kilometers (155 miles) southeast of the capital, Sana’a, on Saturday morning, and slaughtered a number of militiamen loyal to fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi there, Yemen Press news website reported.

The report added that the al-Qaeda extremists have set up a number of checkpoints across the town, and also taken control of several government buildings there.

The development came on the same day that Saudi military aircraft carried out aerial strikes against a residential neighborhood in the Sirwah district of Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib, leveling seven buildings to the ground. There were no immediate reports of possible casualties.

Yemenis inspect the damage at a sewing workshop that was hit in a Saudi airstrike in the capital, Sana’a, February 14, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

On Friday, two children lost their lives and another sustained injuries when artillery rounds fired by Saudi military forces hit a densely-populated area in Yemen’s southern province of Ta’izz.

Elsewhere, in the Qa’atabah district of the southern province of Dhale, a child was critically wounded after Saudi-backed mercenaries opened fire indiscriminately in an outdoor market.

Meanwhile, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations (UN) in Yemen has slammed the lack of international attention to the nearly year-long conflict in Yemen.

Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick speaks during a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, February 19, 2016. (Photo by AP)

Speaking at a press conference about the 2016 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday, Jamie McGoldrick said that “civilians are the losers” of the war and that the crisis in Yemen is being “overlooked” amid greater attention to the foreign-backed militancy in Syria.

Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March last year. The Saudi military strikes were launched to bring Hadi back to power and undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

More than 8,300 people, among them over 2,235 children, have been killed and 16,015 others injured since March 2015. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

The Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has exploited the volatile conditions and the breakdown of security in Yemen since the beginning of the Saudi war to tighten its grip on parts of southeast Yemen.

The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, too, has gained ground in and around the main southern city of Aden.

Ansarullah fighters, along with allied army units, are fighting the Takfiri militants and countering the Saudi aggression against their country.

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