At least 22 people have been killed and more than 70 injured mostly civilians in Yemen’s second city, Aden as Houthi forces fought their way into residential areas.
Shi’ite Iran which has been accused of backing the Houthi rebels who are also Muslim Shi’ites, has called for dialogue warning that Daesh known in the West as ISIL is benefiting from the turmoil.
“ The problem is the need for the Yemenis to be helped in order to talk to each other, to finish this fighting and also to be mindful of the fact that al Qaeda and Daesh are waiting. Not waiting but actually fighting in order to seize control and that have in fact seized control of party of Yemen,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Havad Zarif.
However the UAE’s foreign minister, Abdullah Bin Zayed accused Iran of meddling in the conflict. His country is part of a Saudi-led coalition which is made up of mainly Muslim Sunni states and is now carrying out air strikes against Houthi forces.
“ I hope this conflict will not be mistaken as a sectarian conflict. It is not about sectarianism, it is about Iranians believing in the idea of exporting their revolution, it is part of their constitution and their system,” said the UAE minister.
On Wednesday a residential area in Sanna was reportedly hit by coalition bombing.
Having taken the capital, the Houthi rebels are focused on Aden – the last major foothold of fighters loyal to Saudi-backed “President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi”:http://www.euronews.com/newswires/2951414-yemens-former-leader-leaves-sanaa-after-house-arrest/.