Thursday, 29 October 2009

Air strikes Intensify on rebels

By Nasser Arrabyee /30/10/2009

At least 35 rebels were killed and 25 injured in air strikes on Al Nazeer area in Razeh, west of Sa'ada where Al Houthi rebels failed to open a new front, local sources said Friday.

The air strikes continued almost all the day of Thursday forcing the rebels to leave their posts in Razeh and get back to Al Malahaid, the sources said.

The spokesman of Al Houthi rebels, Mohammed Abdul Salam, confirmed the air strikes saying it was a "massacre against civilians".

The Defense Ministry said in a statement that a number of hideouts of the rebels were destroyed Thursday by air strikes in the three frontlines of the areas around Sa'ada city, Harf Sufyan, and Al Malahaid. The air strikes inflicted heavy damages in lives and materials on the rebels, the statement said.

At least 10 rebels were killed and 20 others were arrested only in the areas around the city of Sa'ada city, according to military sources in these areas.

A 10-year old boy working with the rebels was arrested Thursday at the gate of old city of Sa'ada with 20 mine detonators wrapped on his waist, the sources said.

A total of 13 people from one family were injured in Hashish area when Al Houthi rebels fired mortars on the house of Mohammed Bakri Hashish for refusing to fight with the rebels, the sources said.

The rebels also fired mortars on the refugee camp of Sam in the outskirts of Sa'ada city injuring two refugees at least.

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