'Iranian expansion' warning from Yemen's exiled president Hadi

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'Iranian expansion' warning from Yemen's exiled president Hadi

<p>Yemen’s exiled president has warned of ‘Iranian expansion’ in the Middle East.</p> <p>Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was speaking on a visit to Sudan, once seen as close to Tehran but now on the side of the Saudi-led bombing campaign against Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi rebels – a campaign aimed at returning President Hadi to power.</p> <p>“Iranian expansion is now in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon,” said Hadi, standing beside Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. </p> <p>“When the Houthis entered Sanaa, they said they had occupied four capitals in the Arab world.” </p> <p>Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia – Iran’s big regional rival -after leaving Yemen in March as the Houthis closed in on his refuge in Aden.</p> <p>Militias and army units loyal to him have made significant gains towards the Houthi-<br /> controlled capital, Sanaa. </p> <p>Reports from the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday say an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition has killed at least 36 civilians working at a bottling plant.</p> <p>Over 4,300 people have died in five months of war in Yemen while disease and suffering in the impoverished country have spread.</p> <p>More than 1,000 children have been killed or injured, and the number of young people recruited or used as fighters has soared, the United Nations children’s agency <span class="caps">UNICEF</span> has said.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Yemen?src=hash">#Yemen</a>: More than 1.3m people have been forced to flee their homes <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YemenChildren?src=hash">#YemenChildren</a> <a href="http://t.co/AMQTVmkBaL">pic.twitter.com/AMQTVmkBaL</a></p>— UNICEF (@UNICEF) <a href="https://twitter.com/UNICEF/status/637739011369373696">29 Août 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>