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European Knight
06-18-2015, 02:35 PM
Four car bombs which struck mosques in Sanaa and the headquarters of Yemen's dominant Houthi movement on Wednesday killed two people and wounded 60 others, a medical source told state news agency Saba on Thursday.

Coming on the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the bombings were claimed by Islamic State and contributed to a sense of fear in the capital, which was again hit by air strikes targeting Houthi-allied military sites on Thursday.

A Saudi-led coalition has been launching air raids against the Iran-allied Houthis for almost three months.

The campaign aims to restore Yemen's government in exile and fend off what Saudi Arabia sees as growing Iranian influence in the Arabian Peninsula, but the coalition has yet to reverse the Houthis' control over the capital and upper hand

in battles against opponents nationwide.

Quadruple car bombing in Yemen capital killed two, wounded 60: state news | Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/18/us-yemen-security-idUSKBN0OY0YV20150618)

Several mosques have been hit in a series of explosions in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, causing dozens of casualties, officials say.

At least two blasts were caused by car bombs. Health and security officials said more than 20 people had died.

A building reportedly used as the headquarters of Houthi rebel officials was also hit.

The Islamic State (IS) militant group, which has carried out attacks in Sanaa before, said it was behind the blasts.

In a statement posted online, IS said that four car bombs targeted two areas of worship, as well as a house and an office belonging to what it called "Houthi apostates", referring to the Shia Houthi rebels.

In March, IS attacks on mosques used mainly by Houthis left more than 130 people dead.

Yemen crisis: Sanaa mosques hit by blasts - BBC News (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33171366)

Two months after committing $274 million for the victims of Yemen’s ongoing civil war, Saudi Arabia has yet to send the money to United Nations aid agencies and is putting new conditions on how it will be spent — including,

potentially, withholding it from areas held by the Houthi rebels the kingdom is regularly bombing.

Faced with the shortfall, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on Wednesday announced a new “flash” appeal to try to speed up the delivery of aid to some of an estimated 21 million Yemenis who have been forced

from their homes or are otherwise desperate for water, food, and medical supplies. Witnesses have reported seeing refugees chasing water trucks in some of Yemen’s communities; in others, donated medicine is left out to spoil in the

sweltering sun because there is no safe place to store it.

Saudi Arabia?s Unpaid Debt | Foreign Policy (http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/06/17/saudi-arabias-unpaid-debt/)