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The US military carried out an airstrike against an al-Qaeda training camp in the group’s stronghold in southeastern Yemen on Tuesday, killing and wounding dozens, according to a Pentagon spokesman. The bombing targeted an al-Qaeda training camp in Hajr, west of Hadramawt’s provincial capital Mukalla which has been held by the jihadists since April, according to local sources.
Iran on Monday accused Saudi Arabia of using an attack on its embassy in Tehran as a pretext to fuel regional tensions, as Iranian diplomats faced a 48-hour deadline to leave Riyadh and as Saudi Arabia announced the cancellation of all flights to and from Iran. “Iran… is committed to provide diplomatic security based on international conventions. But Saudi Arabia, which thrives on tensions, has used this incident as an excuse to fuel the tensions,” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said in televised remarks.
At least 27 people, most of them women and children, were killed on Monday in an airstrike on a wedding party in southwestern Yemen, a local official and residents said. A local resident said 12 women, eight children and seven men died in the airstrike, which struck two tents in the village of Wahijah, near the Red Sea port city of Mokha, at a wedding for a local man affiliated with Yemen’s dominant Houthi group.
Human Rights Watch has accused Saudi-led coalition forces of using cluster bombs that are illegal under international law in its conflict with Houthi rebels in Yemen. In a statement released on Wednesday, HRW said the coalition troops used cluster munition rockets in at least seven attacks between April and July in Yemen’s northwestern Hajja governorate, killing and wounding dozens of civilians.
Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in the southern port city of Aden Tuesday following nearly six months of exile in Saudi Arabia, Hadi’s arrival comes as troops supporting him are struggling to advance from the key battleground of Marib to the rebel-held capital some 165 kilometers (103 miles) to their west. Meanwhile, independent security officials said a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a hotel housing Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, killing at least 25 people.