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"It's a ghost town" - witness in suburban Yemen

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 01:17

Saudi-led coalition targets Yemen's biggest cities as witness describes suburb as ''ghost town'' as residents flee violence. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) "It's a ghost town. You can hear the air strikes now and the anti-aircraft guns. But nobody is on the streets." A witness holding a camera captures explosions near Yemen's capital Sanaa, amid reports of more Saudi-led air strikes. Reuters footage shows plumes of smoke coming from weapons storage sites in Sanaa. The facilities have been used by forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a powerful supporter of Houthi insurgents. The Saudi-led campaign against the Houthis began late last month after the rebels, who already control the capital, began a rapid advance towards the southern port city of Aden. Saudi Arabia is concerned that the violence could spill over its border. It is also worried about the influence of Iran, which denies Saudi allegations that it is providing direct military support to the Houthis. Iran's supreme leader has called the Saudi's involvement in Yemen "genocide" and is calling for an immediate halt to the bombing.

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"It's a ghost town" - witness in suburban Yemen

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 01:17