Yemeni authorities say government warplanes have attacked an al-Qaida leadership meeting in the country's east, killing at least 30 militants.
Officials say Yemen's air force carried out the raid Thursday in the eastern province of Shabwa. They say the militants were planning attacks on economic installations in Yemen.
Initial reports said two senior al-Qaida members were killed in the strike, but a Yemeni security official later told the Reuters news agency that those deaths could not be verified.
Yemen has been intensifying its operations against al-Qaida, conducting a series of air strikes and other raids last week that it says killed 34 militants and led to the capture of 17 others.
An al-Qaida member vowed revenge for the air strikes in a speech Monday to local tribesmen in southern Yemen. Some local residents said one of the Yemeni raids in the southern province of Abyan killed about 50 people, most of them civilians.
U.S. media say Washington has provided military and other support to Yemen in attacking al-Qaida at the request of the Yemeni government.