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Yemen Strikes Resume Amid Clashes Hours After Halt Called

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 06:38 AM

The Saudi-led coalition struck Yemen’s Houthis amid clashes between the group and forces loyal to the exiled president hours after the kingdom said it would restrict its use of force to prevent the rebels from gaining ground.

Fighter aircraft attacked Houthi positions southwest of Taiz, said Najeeb Mahyoub, a resident, by phone. The Shiite Houthis had earlier seized a brigade base from forces loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi, according to locals and the Houthi-controlled al-Masirah television channel.

The coalition said Tuesday it will stop a four-week bombing campaign after eliminating the threat posed by the Houthis and their allies to Saudi Arabia and the region. In a statement, the coalition said the focus would move to reviving peace talks, though it didn’t rule out further military action on a smaller scale to roll back any advances by the Houthis.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, and its mostly Sunni Muslim allies have been seeking to restore Hadi’s government. The intervention has escalated the conflict in Yemen, a country located among major oilfields and adjacent to key shipping routes, where al-Qaida has already benefited from a power vacuum to establish a base.

The Saudis accuse the rebels of being tools of Iran, a claim viewed skeptically by many Western diplomats. In the past year the Houthis have advanced from their northern base to occupy the capital, Sana’a, and then push Saudi-backed Hadi from his remaining stronghold in the southern port of Aden.

Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia.

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