As Saudi air strikes hammer Yemen, Riyadh's western allies wonder if al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is taking advantage of the chaos to capture more ground. Mana Rabiee reports.
Yemeni fighters loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi deploy in the southern port city of Aden, the scene of recent clashes with Houthi forces. Supporters of the beleaguered president, who has fled to Saudi Arabia, are calling on the Saudis to continue their month-long coalition bombing campaign... to dislodge the Houthis from their centers of control. ...and the Saudis seem only too willing to comply. Their warplanes pounded Houthi targets on Thursday with at least 20 strikes across the country. In the west of the capital, Sanaa, which the Houthis firmly control, residents are still clearing up the aftermath of strikes in their neighborhood from Monday. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CITIZEN, KAMAL AL-SOROURY, SAYING: "What's happening is a humanitarian crisis. These homes that have been destroyed and the victims that have fallen are a result of what the politicians have done to the Yemeni nation." The strikes are causing consternation among Riyadh's Western allies. Many are reportedly worried that the fighting will offer easy entry to al Qaeda militants, to establish a stronger foothold and take advantage of the power vacuum.