For the third night in a row, a Saudi Arabian-led militia has unleashed drones over the Yemeni skies, targeting a local Shiite-associated rebel group, known as the Houthis. The current airstrike crisis in Yemen has continued to advance into the vicinity of Aden.
The Houthis are rallying against the reign of current president Abdrabbuh Hadi, with the Saudis seeking to protect him. In the midst of the airstrikes, numerous street brawls have also broken out between supporters of Hadi and the rebels. Political officials in Yemen, a Sunni-dominated state, have also accused the predominantly Shiite Iraq of supporting the Houthis.
So far, there have been 39 casualties since the beginning of the airstrikes, six of them being children. In wake of the crisis, Sanaa, the capital city of Yemen and initial target of the ongoing air campaign, has been virtually shut down, with large swathes of residents fleeing in fear.
President Hadi has been reported to currently be in Egypt at a summit for the Arab League. Former president, Ali Saleh, who has the support of the rebels, has continuously called for a truce between Houthis and Hadi supporters in hopes of bringing an end to the Yemeni airstrikes.
By Philip Cunningham
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