Saudi-led air strikes kill 10 al-Qaida fighters in Yemen
By REUTERSPublished: APRIL 24, 2016 12:48 Updated: APRIL 24, 2016 12:47
ADEN - A Saudi-led coalition carried out air strikes on the al-Qaida-held port of Mukalla in southern Yemen on Sunday, killing at least ten militants, medical sources and residents said, part of an offensive to recapture the city.Mukalla, a shipping hub and provincial capital, is a stronghold of the powerful al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) which has taken advantage of Yemen's year-long civil war to win control over parts of the south and east.Residents said air strikes hit a building that AQAP was using as its headquarters, as well as gatherings of the group elsewhere in Mukalla.A Yemeni military source said the air strikes were being coordinated with troops on the ground. In recent days, residents and local officials have reported preparations for a pro-government ground offensive on Mukalla.
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