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Hadi calls rebels ‘puppets of Iran’, says Air strikes will continue they surrender

SANAA: Yemen President Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi called Houthi rebels “puppets of Iran” and said Saudi-led air strikes against the fighters will continue until they surrender.

President Hadi speaking at the Arab League summit in Egypt said that the rebels had “destroyed” Yemen.

“I say to the puppets of Iran, its toys and those who support it, you have destroyed Yemen with your political adolescence and by manufacturing domestic and regional crises,” Hadi said.

Iran had no immediate comment on Hadi’s remarks.

The comments came as warplanes from a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council bombed Houthi positions for a third straight day, forcing the UN to evacuate its staff from Yemen.

Dozens of civilians have been killed in the assault, and ground fighting has been reported between Houthi fighters and armed men supporting Hadi in Aden.