Saudi-led air strikes pound Yemen as forces loyal to the exiled president retake a southern air and military base. Sean Carberry reports.
Residents of Yemen's central city of Taiz sift through the wreckage after Saudi-led air strikes hit several buildings and a house. Witness Hamdi Ahmed says five members of a family were killed. (SOUNDBITE) (ARABIC) EYE WITNESS, HAMDI AHMED, SAYING: "Coalition planes struck the Saber and Damgha neighborhoods and then struck a residential home whose residents have nothing to do with the Houthis. This whole area is in fact loyal to the resistance." Reuters could not independently confirm the casualties. The Houthi movement, hailing from a Shi'ite sect in Yemen's far north, seized the capital Sanaa and much of the rest of the country in September. Forces loyal to the exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi have retaken the southern city of Aden, and this week recaptured al-Anad military and air base after days of intense fighting. After securing the base, forces seized about 10 southern villages from Houthi forces according to residents and loyalist sources. Clashes took place across the southern province of Lahj, most of which is now back in the hands of the Saudi-backed loyalist forces. Yemeni military sources said the United Arab Emirates had sent in dozens of tanks and heavy artillery pieces to the fighters in recent days, though a spokesman for the Arab coalition denied media reports that it had sent ground troops.