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Saudis target Yemen in flagrant violation of truce

20 November 2016 15:17

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Saudi fighter jets have carried out more air raids against Yemen in violation of a ceasefire declared by Riyadh itself in the war-torn country.

Yemen’s al-Masirah television reported that the Saudi warplanes targeted the Sirwah district of Ma’rib Province and bombarded three bridges in the Silw neighborhood of Ta’izz Province late on Saturday.

Earlier on the day, similar Saudi strikes were carried out in the provinces of Hudaydah, Sa’ada and Sana’a.

The Saudi jets also mistakenly targeted Riyadh-backed forces loyal to Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in the Midi district of the northwestern Hajjah Province, killing a large number of them.

Saudi mercenaries also launched mortar attacks in the al-Dhaba neighborhood of Ta’izz. The assaults left several Yemeni citizens dead and injured.


People gather at the site of a Saudi air raid on the outskirts of Sa’ada, Yemen, November 4, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)

 

The deadly assaults came in violation of the 48-hour truce declared by Saudi Arabia on Saturday noon.

The announcement followed a request for a ceasefire by Hadi, who is based in Riyadh, to Saudi King Salman.

Yemeni counter attacks

In retaliation for the Saudi attacks, the Yemeni army and forces of the Houthi Ansarullah movement fired a ballistic missile at a Saudi military base in the kingdom’s southwestern region of Najran.

Saudi ground forces claim that they had averted three other missile attacks allegedly fired from Yemen over the past few hours.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army foiled an attempt by Saudi mercenaries to advance in the Midi district of the northwestern Hajjah Province.

Saudi Arabia has been leading an offensive against Yemen since March 2015 in a bid to crush the Houthis and reinstate the former Yemeni administration. The war has left at least 11,400 civilians dead, according to a latest tally by a Yemeni monitoring group.

The US has also been providing logistic and surveillance support to the kingdom in the bloody military campaign.

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