Dozens dead in Yemen as Iran, Saudi step up war of words

Shia fighters, known as Houthis, hold up their weapons as they chant slogans at the residence of a military commander of the Houthi militant group, destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen on Tuesday. Hani Mohammed/AP

Aden (AFP) – Fighting between Shiite rebels and loyalists killed dozens of people across Yemen Tuesday as Iran accused Saudi Arabia of using Cold War-era tactics by air dropping leaflets warning of “Persian expansion”.

A Saudi-led coalition carried out air strikes for a seventh straight day since announcing a halt to its aerial campaign, hitting Sanaa airport among other targets, an AFP correspondent and witnesses said.

The conflict has exposed deteriorating relations between the Middle East’s foremost powers, Saudi Arabia and Iran, which are increasingly seen as vying for supremacy in the region beset by bloody turmoil.

On Tuesday, at least 70 people were killed in fighting between the Iran-backed rebels and pro-government forces in several parts of the country, sources said…