According to Reuters, as part of its campaign to defeat the Houthis and restore Hadi’s control, Saudi-led naval forces have imposed a near-blockade in the waters near Yemen, to prevent weapons from reaching the rebels.
Two suicide bombers are said to have blown themselves up during prayers at Houthi-run Balili mosque in Sanaa during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, witnesses said. A Houthi website gave a death toll of at least 10, while Arab media said it was at least 25.
Saudi Arabia says the Houthis, Shiites from north Yemen, are puppets of Iran and must be defeated to stop the Islamic Republic from gaining a foothold in the Arabian Peninsula, though Western diplomats have questioned the level of Iranian involvement.
“The coalition knows its responsibility and will always acknowledge a mistake if we make it. Take into consideration the chaotic situation in Yemen, with several armed elements and forces active around the country”.
It did not elaborate. The Post identified the other American as Sam Farran, 54, a security consultant from Michigan. Darden was helping to deliver aid all through the region for Transoceanic & relief organizations amongst its clients, in accordance to spokesman Ken Luce.
Yemen’s Prime Minister and Vice President Khaled Bahah and several cabinet members returned to Aden last week after government loyalists, known as the Popular Resistance, and Saudi-led forces, drove the Houthis from the strategic southern city.
The men were pilots and engineers contracted by the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, she said. The workers – two South Africans, one Russian and a Ukrainian – were able to avoid detection during the deadly events that left a dozen people dead.
Soldiers late Friday surrounded a central Mali hotel where at least 10 gunmen were holed up with hostages, witnesses said, after a daylong standoff that left a number of locals, foreigners and Malian soldiers dead.