(Yahoo News) — Airstrikes led by Saudi forces in Yemen destroyed airplanes at an airport in Sanaa, including a cargo jet being used to transport food and supplies into a remote part of the country.
A Missile Kills 30 Somali Refugees In Yemen
A missile killed more than 30 Somali refugees in a convoy. They were travelling to the port city of Aden from their camp on Sunday, says the Somali Consular to Yemen, Osman Ahmed, based in the port town of Aden.
It is unclear where the missile was fired from as conflicting reports emerged since the tragedy occurred.
“Two buses opted to use another route instead of the main road and they were caught by some forces; moments after a missile struck them and it is unknown whether it was an airstrike or fired from the sea,” he said in an interview with the VOA Somali service on Tuesday.
The attack highlights the risk of worsening civilian casualties in what is becoming a full scale civil-war.
It is the highest number of Somali citizens killed in the conflict since the coalition operation was launched.
Some people were very fortunate to take speedboats and ferries across the Gulf of Aden to Somalia and other neighboring countries where the refugee camps are already full while the federal government has failed to implement its pledges that it will evacuate their citizens in Yemen.
Senegal pledges 2,100 troops to aid effort in Yemen
By BABACAR DIONE
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – Senegal is sending 2,100 troops to help back the military intervention led by Saudi Arabia that is underway in Yemen, becoming the first sub-Saharan African country to contribute soldiers to the effort, the country’s foreign minister said Monday.
The decision to deploy soldiers was announced by Foreign Affairs Minister Mankeur Ndiaye, who read a message from the president before the National Assembly.
Senegal, which is made up of mostly Sunni Muslims like Saudi Arabia, has received significant financial investments from the kingdom in recent years. Last month, Senegalese President Macky Sall met with the Saudi king, who solicited troop contributions.
The conflict in Yemen has heightened sectarian rhetoric in the Middle East region, with hard-liners in both Saudi Arabia and Iran essentially casting the war as a conflict between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia.
Senegal called Saudi Arabia a “dear friend,” and warned that the Yemen rebels posed a serious threat to regional stability and to Islam’s holy sites.
“This Senegalese contribution to the international coalition is equally aimed at protecting Islam’s holy places Mecca and Medina which are also threatened by these terrorist groups,” Ndiaye warned.
The move was swiftly condemned by Senegal’s opposition parties.
“Saudi Arabia isn’t threatened and neither are Islam’s holy sites. There is nothing to justify a military intervention by Senegal,” said Modou Diagne, an opposition politician.