Arab air strikes hit Yemen as peace talks enter second day


Arab air strikes hit military targets throughout Yemen on Wednesday and expanded into one western province for the first time, despite peace talks in Geneva aimed at ending almost three months of fighting.


The bombings hit army bases in the capital, Sanaa, and Houthi militia targets in Yemen’s central desert and the mountainous province of Mahweet, one of the last provinces in Yemen not to be bombed since the Arab campaign began on March 26.

A coalition of Sunni Muslim states led by Saudi Arabia has been bombing the Iran-allied Houthis, who hail from a Shi’ite sect, and their allies in Yemen’s army since then. Their aim is to restore Yemen’s exiled president to power and head off what they see as Shi’ite Iran’s expansion in the region.