|Abdullah Yahya Al-Hakim, after an air raid in Sana'a in Yemen. Ph: AFP|
Deadly fighting still took place on Tuesday in Yemen, where the conflict has sparked a new skirmish between the two regional powers, Saudi Arabia, leading a coalition hostile to the rebels, and Iran, their mainstay. Clashes between supporters of exiled President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, supported by the Arab coalition, the Houthi Shiite rebels and their allies have 64 dead across the country Tuesday as air raids of the coalition have targeted rebel positions in at least five cities of Yemen.
In the aftermath of a vitriolic attack the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, another senior Iranian official on Tuesday accused Riyadh to Yemen to resort to tactics worthy of "the era of the Cold War."
He was referring to dropping by aircraft Saudi Yemeni territory of leaflets in Arabic stating that the coalition supports "the people of Yemen against the Persian expansion."
"Dropping the leaflets that tell lies, intended to frighten the Yemenis," said Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council.
The day before, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of the Revolutionary Guards, an elite army of the dangerous Iranian regime, accused "Saudi Arabia throat" to "walk in the footsteps of Israel," and said that "the dynasty Saudi Arabia is on the verge of collapse. "
Track destroyed in Sanaa
The remote standoff between Riyadh and Tehran has also led to the destruction of a track Sanaa airport, controlled by the rebels. An Iranian plane wanted to land there following "a route that had not received prior authorization ', that is to say, without going before an airport in Saudi Arabia, according to General Ahmed al- Assiri.
"In order to prevent the landing, air force destroyed the airstrip," Tuesday, told the Al-Arabiya that coalition spokesman that implements a sea and air embargo on Yemen . This incident will further complicate the delivery of humanitarian aid in a country where the situation is already critical. On Tuesday, coalition aircraft also targeted a military base in Sanaa and Al-Anad (south), both at the hands of the rebels and rebel positions in the provinces of Mareb (east of Sanaa) Hodeida (west) and Taiz (southwest), according to witnesses.
In Aden, the second largest city, street clashes have resulted in the death of nine rebels, according to sources close to the militia. Eleven civilians and pro-Hadi combatants also died, said a health official. In Lahej region, 14 rebels and pro-Hadi 11 fighters were killed in a series of clashes for control of the coastal road between Aden and the strategic Bab al-Mandab, according to military sources. In the province of Mareb, 17 Houthis and pro-Hadi two fighters were killed, according to provincial sources, tribal and medical.
The Houthis took the capital Sanaa in September before advancing south, pushing the president to flee Hadi Aden, where he had fled to exile in Saudi Arabia. Aviation coalition continues its bombing started on March 26 despite the announcement on April 21 by the end of Ryad its intensive air campaign and the beginning of a new phase, called "Restoring hope."
The spokesman of the rebels, General de Brigade Yemeni Sharaf Luqman, accused Riyadh of "committing war crimes and massacres". He said the operation had caused the death of 200 people the rebels and their allies, including 112 soldiers, 43 policemen and 45 Shiite militiamen. The violence has killed 1,080 people and 4,352 were injured, according to a report published on 23 April by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Shamkhani said the Iranians were the only ones to help the Yemenis by opposing air raids. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who met his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday in New York, said that Tehran would contribute to a solution "since Iran is obviously a supporting Houthis."