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article imageSaudi army kills dozens more during offensive in Yemen

By Andrew Moran     Dec 29, 2009 in World
As the offensive campaigns increase in Yemen, so do the number of casualties. The Saudi army airstrikes have left more than 50 civilians dead in the region.
During an offensive airstrike against Houthi fighters in Yemen on Tuesday, Saudi warplanes killed over 60 Yemeni civilians in the region, according to Press TV. Saudi forces launched hundreds of rockets in the northern villages, leaving more destruction of the residents and having more dead civilians in the battle.
Since committing themselves to the effort to fight the rebels in Yemen’s north, air raids have been a daily routine for the Saudi forces as they launch consistent air raids in the region.
The same report suggests that the Saudi army ground forces pushed into Yemen on Monday, while claiming weapons, communications material, military vehicles and surveillance equipment.
The Houthi rebels have accused the Saudi forces of targeting civilians in the Yemen-Saudi Arabia that have left hundreds of civilians dead and thousands more displaced.
On the same day as the air raids, Yemen’s Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qiribi said that his country could still be harboring at least 300 al-Qaeda militants and some may even be planning attacks in Western nations, reports Reuters.
“Of course there are a number of al Qaeda operatives in Yemen and some of their leaders. We realize this danger. And they may actually plan for attacks like the one we have just had in Detroit.”
The Foreign Minister hinted that he expects Western countries like the United States and France to provide more support to Yemen to increase their capabilities that could counter the terrorist threat, "There is some support that is coming, but I must say it is inadequate. We need more training, we have to expand our counter-terrorism units and this means providing them with the necessary military equipment and ways of transportation; we are very short of helicopters.”
President Barack Obama announced last week that he plans to provide more intelligence, weaponry and financial aid to Yemen in order to fight against the militants. The President reiterated his support to the joint forces’ military campaign in the north.
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