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Published On: Wed, Apr 1st, 2015

Saudi battles Houthi Shiite Muslims in Yemen

Saudi troops continue to fight with Yemeni Houthi militants on Tuesday in the heaviest exchange of cross-border fire since the start of a Saudi-led air offensive last week, while Yemen’s foreign minister called for a rapid Arab intervention on the ground.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of Arab states since last Thursday in an air campaign against the Shiite Houthis, who emerged as the most powerful force in the Arabian Peninsula’s poorest country when they seized Yemen’s capital.

Houthis logo, which translates to "God is great, Death to America, Death to Israel, A curse upon the Jews, Victory to Islam"

Houthis logo, which translates to “God is great, Death to America, Death to Israel, A curse upon the Jews, Victory to Islam”

Restoring President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi is the key objective for the Saudis, who intervened after he left the country last week.

The Houthis likeminded with Iran, and backed by army units loyal to longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was pushed out three years ago after “Arab Spring” demonstrations.

Residents and tribal sources in north Yemen reported artillery and rocket exchanges along several stretches of the Saudi border. Explosions and heavy gunfire were heard and Saudi helicopters flew overhead, they said.

In the southern port of Aden, Houthi fighters and allied army units pressed an offensive against forces loyal to Hadi, trying to capture the last remaining major stronghold of the absent president’s forces.

At least 36 people were killed when Houthi forces shelled Hadi loyalists in Aden. Jets from the Saudi-led coalition bombed Houthi positions near the airport.

Houthi fighters entered a coastal military base overlooking the Red Sea’s strategic Bab el-Mandeb strait, local officials said, when soldiers of the 17th Armoured Division opened the gates to the facility.

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