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Saudi jets pound several areas across crisis-hit Yemen

Saudi military aircraft have carried out a new round of attacks against several areas across Yemen as Riyadh presses ahead with its military campaign against the impoverished country.

On Tuesday morning, Saudi fighter jets launched 10 airstrikes against the al-Mina district in the northwestern Yemeni province of Hudaydah, inflicting considerable damage on the area, Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen satellite news network reported.

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

Saudi warplanes also pounded the naval college building in the provincial capital, with no information about the extent of damage caused and casualties.

Saudi jets also hit Utmah district in the southeastern Yemeni province of Dhamar early on Tuesday.

The developments came only hours after Saudi warplanes carried out three airborne attacks on Harad district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah, located approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of the capital, Sana’a. No reports of fatalities were immediately available.

Separately, Yemeni soldiers backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees have regained control of al-Jahmaliah area in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taiz, situated 346 kilometers (214 miles) south of the capital, and dealt heavy blows to al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Saudi jets also bombarded Balaq district in the central province of Ma’rib on two occasions, though no casualties were reported.

Yemeni army troopers and allied forces also destroyed two armored vehicles belonging to Emirati soldiers and seized six others during skirmishes in the region of Makiras, which stretches between southern provinces of al-Bayda and Abyan.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in an effort to undermine Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and also restore power to the country’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

The United Nations says the conflict in Yemen has killed more than 4,000 people, nearly half of them civilians, since late March. Local Yemeni sources, however, say the fatality figure is much higher.

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