News ID: 114737
Published: 0636 GMT April 04, 2015

At least 185 dead in battle for Yemen's Aden

At least 185 dead in battle for Yemen's Aden

Fierce fighting for control of Yemen's main southern city Aden has left at least 185 people dead and more than 1,200 wounded, including many civilians, a medical official said on Saturday.

The port city, a last foothold of supporters of former president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, has been shaken by more than a week of clashes between Houthis and loyalist militia backed by Saudi-led airstrikes which have killed dozens of people in recent days, AP reported.

“At least 185 dead and 1,282 wounded from the fighting have been counted in hospitals in Aden since March 26,” the city's health department director, Al-Kheder Lassouar, said.

“Three-quarters were civilians. The toll does not include victims among the Houthi fighters and their allies.”

It also excludes victims of Saudi-led air raids that have been attacking the country since March 26 in a bid to restore power to fugitive president, a close ally of Riyadh, Lassouar added.


Riyadh: No rush to end attacks


A Saudi military commander said on Friday there is no rush to end the military campaign in Yemen amid the increasing civilian death toll from the Saudi-led airstrikes against the impoverished Arab country.

"Nine days is not that much time. We should not be in a rush," Brigadier General Ahmed Assiri told reporters.

He claimed that the air raids against Yemen are achieving the intended goals.

The Saudi-led invasion continues to take civilians’ lives in Yemen.

Nine civilians, including six children, were killed in a Saudi airstrike on a three-floor building in the Yemeni province of Sana’a.

Five other people were also injured after the Saudi warplanes targeted a building in Hajar Akkash Village in the Bani Matar district late on Friday night.

Despite the continuation of the Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen, Houthis have continued their advance in the southwestern Yemeni city of Aden.


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