Saudi-led strikes kill 10 Al-Qaeda men in Yemen

Saudi-led strikes kill 10 Al-Qaeda men in Yemen
Updated 24 April 2016

Saudi-led strikes kill 10 Al-Qaeda men in Yemen

Saudi-led strikes kill 10 Al-Qaeda men in Yemen

ADEN: A Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes on the Al-Qaeda-held port of Mukalla in southern Yemen on Sunday, killing at least 10 militants, medical sources and residents said, part of an offensive to recapture the city.
Mukalla, a shipping hub and provincial capital, is a stronghold of the powerful Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) which has taken advantage of Yemen’s year-long civil war to win control over parts of the south and east.
Residents said airstrikes hit a building that AQAP was using as its headquarters, as well as gatherings of the group elsewhere in Mukalla.
A Yemeni military source said the air strikes were being coordinated with troops on the ground. In recent days, residents and local officials have reported preparations for a pro-government ground offensive on Mukalla.
It comes as Yemen’s government meets with the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Kuwait to try to find a solution to a conflict, which has killed more than 6,200 people and divided up control of the country.
Saudi Arabia and its mostly Arab coalition have carried out airstrikes in Yemen for the past year to support the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against the Houthis.