Saudi-led coalition split by infighting

Saudi-led coalition split by infighting

August 12, 2019

The Saudi-led coalition has intervened in Aden in support of the Yemeni government after southern separatists effectively took over the port city, fracturing the alliance that had been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.

The infighting, which broke out on August 8 to control the port city which serves as temporary seat of Yemen's Saudi-backed, internationally-recognised government, has killed 40 people and injured 260, the United Nations said.

"It is heartbreaking that during Eid al-Adha (the Muslim holiday) families are mourning the death of their loved ones instead of celebrating together in peace," said Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Yemen.

"Our main concern right now is to dispatch medical teams to rescue the injured," she said in a statement on Sunday. "We are also very worried by reports that civilians trapped in their homes are running out of food and water."


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