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Zionist Saudi air raid kills a medical worker in NW Yemen

27 July 2015 11:26



A Yemeni medical worker has been killed in Saudi Arabia’s latest air raid against the northwestern Hajjah province.

According to Sunday reports by local media outlets, the medic was killed after Saudi jets targeted a medical center in Mustaba district.

Two Yemeni civilians lost their lives and two others sustained injuries as Saudi fighter jets pounded a residential area in Baqim district in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.

Amran to the west, Lahij to the southwest and Jawf to the north were other provinces targeted by Saudis.

They also attacked a district in the western Hudaydah province twice.

There were no immediate reports on the extent of the damage or the number of casualties.

The Saudi attacks were carried out despite an announcement by Riyadh on Saturday, saying there would be a five-day halt in the military aggression starting from 11: 59 pm local time (2059 GMT) on Sunday.

The self-declared ceasefire went into effect but aerial bombardment of the war-stricken country continued unabated prior to the pause. Riyadh has already violated several ceasefires in Yemen.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army launched missiles at a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Jizan, and also targeted a Saudi factory in Dhahran Asir, situated in the southwest of the monarchy.

Yemeni security officials said forces loyal to the former regime have withdrawn from a strategic town, north of the port city of Aden. They lost control of the town of Sabr, a key supply route to Aden, after days of fierce fighting with Ansarullah fighters.

Yemeni army officials say the retreat can pave the way for liberation of the port city from Saudi-backed forces present there.

In a statement released on Sunday, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the five-day humanitarian truce in Yemen.

Ban called on the warring sides to “agree to and maintain the humanitarian pause for the sake of all the Yemeni people, and that all act in good faith throughout the pause,” a statement said, adding that all parties should try to “facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance to all parts of Yemen”.

The Saudi aggression against the impoverished Arab nation started on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the ruling Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia’s onslaught has claimed nearly 4,900 lives and displaced more than a million others inside the impoverished country.

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