Coalition warships strike Houthis in Yemen's Aden

The naval bombardment also targeted Houthi positions in the Mualla district and in nearby areas, the sources said.

Coalition warships strike Houthis in Yemen's Aden

World Bulletin / News Desk

Saudi-led coalition warships in the Gulf of Aden on Friday pounded Houthi positions in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, according to local security sources.

The extent of damage caused by the attacks was not immediately clear.

Ahmed al-Asiri, a spokesman for the Saudi-led campaign against Yemen's Houthi group, had earlier said that coalition warships had arrived in Aden to prevent the smuggling of persons and arms into or out of the crisis-hit country.

Several Arab states are participating in the Saudi-led offensive, which kicked off on March 25 with a string of airstrikes against Houthi positions in Yemen, including some in capital Sanaa.

Saudi Arabia says the strikes are in response to calls by embattled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi for military intervention to "save the [Yemeni] people from the Houthi fighters."

Fractious Yemen has been in turmoil since last September, when the rebel fighters overran Sanaa, from which they have sought to extend their influence to other parts of the country as well.

Some Gulf States accuse Iran of supporting the Houthi insurgency.

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