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Somalia: War forcing Yemeni people to flee to Somalia


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(By Estera Popowska)
Intense fighting has mounted in the past weeks between Saudi fighters and rebels, a situation, which is reportedly now forcing some Yemenis to flee by sea to Somalia,
CNN news reported that the Saudi-led "Operation Decisive Storm" has not yet been decisive.

Many airstrikes have targeted Houthi positions in and around the port of Aden, where militia known as Popular Committees and some army units hostile to the Houthis are holding out against the rebels.

The rebels are reportedly clinging on to a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the sea. The Saudis have air-dropped weapons and communications equipment to the Popular Committees, and a military spokesman says "We hope in a few days they will control most of the city."

A Saudi source told CNN's Nic Robertson that Houthi forces in the city had been cut off from resupply by land. That could shift the balance, but for now the Houthis, a Zaidi Shia minority in Yemen, are proving a tough adversary. Supported by some Yemeni army units, they want to deny the Saudis a bridgehead for ground forces and an enclave to which President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi might return.

In another development in Yemen, Saudi officials say airstrikes have degraded Houthi-controlled military infrastructure, including key buildings in the capital Sanaa. The Royal Saudi Air Force, supported by other Arab states, controls the skies over Yemen. But as conflicts in Iraq, Libya and elsewhere have shown, airstrikes alone rarely inflict defeat (CNN)