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Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes hit rebels in southern Yemen

Saudi-led airstrikes pound Shiite rebels in southern Yemen

Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes hit rebels in southern Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni officials and witnesses say Saudi-led airstrikes targeted Shiite rebels and their allies on the outskirts of the southern city of Aden, the scene of weeks of intense fighting.

The warplanes heavily pounded rural areas northwest of Aden on Thursday, where the rebels, known as Houthis, and allied forces have been deployed.

Mohammed Ali, a resident, says he saw many bloodied bodies scattered across a kilometer- (mile-) wide area. It was not immediately clear how many people were killed or wounded in the strikes.

Airstrikes also targeted rebel positions in the provinces of Saada, Hajjah, Taiz and Ibb.

The Iran-supported Houthis seized the capital last year. The Saudi-led coalition began its airstrikes on March 26.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.

Updated : 2021-09-21 20:34 GMT+08:00