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Yemen's fighting intensifies as humanitarian crisis worsens

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 01:37

Clashes intensify in Yemen's southern port city of Aden and Saudi-led strikes pound Houthi targets in the capital, as a humanitarian crisis goes from bad to worse. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Across Yemen's southern port city of Aden on Sunday, fighters loyal to the country's exiled President clashed with Houthi forces who control much of this beleaguered nation. One of the fighters lies dead in residential streets that are now largely abandoned. Fighting intensified over the weekend after a brief lull last week, when neighboring Saudi Arabia said it was pulling back its five-week-long bombing campaign to dislodge the Iran-allied Houthis, as President Abd-Rabbuu Mansour Hadi tries to run his government from exile in Riyadh. Despite a 'formal' end to Saudi-led air strikes, residents say Saudi aircraft pounded Houthi militiamen and rebel army units in central Yemen and the capital, Sanaa. In this village northwest of Sanaa, residents can only look blankly at the weapons debris from airstrikes last week. Yemen's humanitarian crises is worsening as both sides block relief aid. Its hospital have no electricity. Their ambulances - no fuel to pick up the wounded. The telecommunications chief reportedly said Yemen could be cut off from the outside world within days because there's just no fuel to run things. Over a thousand people have been killed, more than 4,000 more wounded, and thousands are on the move in search of water, shelter and food. Behind the struggle for the country's future, it's the average Yemeni who bears the brunt of the fighting.

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Yemen's fighting intensifies as humanitarian crisis worsens

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 01:37