Heavy Saudi-led air strikes, ground combat shake southern Yemen

April 11, 2015 9:23 AM

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Heavy Saudi-led air strikes, ground combat shake southern Yemen

ADEN (Reuters) - Heavy Saudi-led air strikes and ground combat between armed factions battered southern Yemen on Saturday, killing around 20 Iran-allied Houthi fighters and two rival militiamen, residents said.

The war threatens to turn Yemen into a failed state and spread sectarian strife in the Middle East, where the regional heavyweights -- Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran -- are vying for influence.

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