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Saudi warplanes strike more areas in crisis-hit Yemen

28 August 2016 22:01

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Saudi military aircraft have carried out a new round of strikes against several areas across Yemen, prompting more retaliatory attacks by Yemeni armed forces.

On Sunday morning, Saudi fighter jets launched four airstrikes against the Harad district in the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah, located approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of the capital, Sana’a, inflicting damage on the targeted area, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.

There were no immediate reports of possible casualties in the aerial assaults.

Saudi warplanes also pounded Nihm district northeast of Sana’a as well as Razih and Badim districts in the mountainous northwestern province of Sa’adah. There was no information about the extent of damage caused and casualties.

Separately, Saudi jets struck a civilian car as it was travelling along a road in the Sahar district of Sa’adah Province, leaving an unspecified number of people killed and injured.

The developments came only hours after Saudi warplanes carried out airborne attacks on a naval base in Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah.

Saudi military aircraft also hit a school in the Dhubab district of the southwestern Yemeni province of Ta’izz, situated 346 kilometers (214 miles) south of the capital.

Elsewhere in the al-Mahfad district of Yemen’s southern province of Abyan, six militiamen loyal to the former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, were killed when al-Qaeda terrorists launched a barrage of mortar shells at the former’s military camp.

Moreover, Yemeni forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, fired a number of rockets at Saudi Arabia’s southern border region of Najran, leaving one person dead and four others injured.

Saudi Arabia has pounded Yemen almost daily since March 2015, with internal sources putting the death toll from the military aggression at about 10,000. The offensive was launched to crush the Houthi Ansarullah movement and their allies and restore Hadi to power.

The Houthi fighters took state matters into their own hands in the wake of Hadi’s resignation and escape, which threw Yemen into a state of uncertainty and threatened a total security breakdown in the country, where an al-Qaeda affiliate is present.

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