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Saudi warplanes conduct simultaneous strikes across Yemen

12 July 2016 12:05

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Saudi military aircraft have conducted a round of simultaneous attacks against several areas across Yemen in violation of a UN-brokered ceasefire.

The apparent uptick in Saudi airstrikes came a day after former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi was reported to have arrived in Ma’rib Province to oversee an offensive to retake the capital Sana’a from Houthis.

In the Tuesday morning bombing, explosions ripped through Nihm district northeast of Sana’a as Saudi warplanes launched three airstrikes against residential neighborhoods, Arabic-language Yemen Press reported.

Saudi warplanes also struck al-Maton district in the northern province of al-Jawf. A similar aerial attack was conducted on Kitaf wa al-Boqe’e district in the northwestern Sa’ada Province.

Separately, Saudi warplanes carried out two airstrikes against Abs district in the northwestern province of Hajjah.

There were no immediate reports of possible casualties and the extent of damage the assaults inflicted.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen in March 2015, in a bid to bring Hadi, who resigned and then fled the capital two years ago, back to power.

More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured since the onset of the aggression.

The Saudi strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

On Monday, Hadi warned that his delegates would pull out of peace negotiations underway in Kuwait if the United Nations kept insisting on a roadmap for the formation of a unity government.

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