Yemen army, Ansarullah make gains despite Saudi strikes
Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters and army forces have made fresh gains in their battle against al-Qaeda-linked militants despite ongoing Saudi airstrikes against the country, Press TV reports.
The Houthi fighters and the army have made advances in the eastern city of Sirwah, Marib Province.
The militants have reportedly executed about 15 soldiers in the Azzan region, located in the southern province of Shabwah.
Colonel Sharaf Luqman, the spokesman for Yemen’s armed forces and Popular Committees, said in a press conference on Monday that civilians and Yemeni infrastructure have been the target of the Saudi aggression against his country, adding, “Saudi Arabia is the international supporter of terrorism.”
Close to 2,600 people have been killed in the Saudi aggression, the spokesman said, adding that the Yemeni people will strongly respond to Riyadh’s war.
The photo shows people preparing graves for the victims of Saudi airstrikes against Yemen, April 4, 2015. © AFP
Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against the already impoverished Yemen started on March 26, without a UN mandate, in a bid to restore power to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
The Houthis, now part of the Popular Committees advancing in the country, took over state matters after accusing the then government of Hadi of failing to properly contain terror and corruption in the country.
Analysts say the Saudi campaign is targeting Yemen’s civilian infrastructure in the name of fighting the Houthis.
A significant number of schools, shops, gas stations, markets, stadiums and mosques have been destroyed in the attacks.
People inspect the rubble of destroyed houses in the village of Bani Matar, west of Sana’a, Yemen, April 4, 2015. © AFP
The humanitarian situation in Yemen is rapidly deteriorating. Many international aid organizations have sought clearances to dispatch medical and other humanitarian supplies by air and sea to civilians in need.
Human Right Watch recently said in a letter written to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter that Washington should investigate laws of war violations in Yemen and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to people at risk.