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URGENT: Saudi Air Strikes Continue in Lahij, Sanaa, Saada

22 April 2015 21:29


The Saudi-led coalition intensified its airstrikes on several cities across Yemen on Wednesday, despite Riyadh’s last night declaration that military operations against Yemen has stopped.
The Saudi warplanes hit the Faj Attan district in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition conducted heavy air raids on Saada governorate, bombing al-Manarzaleh and al-Malahiz areas.

Saudi air strikes were also reported in the Yemeni city of Lahij.

The Saudi fighter jets also hit many areas in al-Waht town Northwest of Aden.

According to FNA dispatches, tens of people have been killed and many more wounded in the Saudis’ continued airstrikes across the war-stricken country on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia declared that it would stop bombing Yemen’s cities after 27 days of intensive airstrikes that have resulted in the death of around 2,900 people, mostly women and children.

Senior Saudi officials said they would stop their attacks, stating that they have obtained their goals, including elimination of threats through a destruction of Yemen’s ballistic missiles, a claim already rejected by senior Ansarullah leader Habib Zuhair al-Muslim.

In his interview with FNA earlier Tuesday, Muslim denied the claims made by Ahmed al-Assiri, the spokesman of Saudi-led coalition’s ‘Decisive Storm’ military operation, about the destruction of 80% of the arms and ammunition of the Ansarullah movement in the Saudi-led airstrikes.

Muslim told FNA that Ansarullah revolutionaries’ arms, armored vehicles and rockets are stored in secret and safe depots, and Saudi Arabia may not find their whereabouts.

Saudi Arabia launched its airstrikes on March 26 in a bid to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression claimed the lives of around 2,900 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. The attacks have also left thousands of people injured.
Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it was bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes were flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Riyadh officials said the Saudi-led coalition operations in Yemen are now entering a political phase, but the latest reports from different Yemeni cities say that the Saudi airstrikes are still underway.

The Saudi warplanes hit the central prison in Taiz city on Wednesday, while reports from Sana’a and Saada said heavy bombings by the Saudi-led coalition continued since this morning.

Also, witnesses said warships of the Saudi-coalition forces are firing rockets and missiles at several areas in the Yemeni city of Aden despite Riyadh’s last night declaration that military operation against Yemen has stopped.
Eye-witnesses said they have seen American warships firing at Aden, but an army officer deployed in the city said the vessels are “Egyptian navy”.

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