Saudi airstrikes kill 48 in Yemen despite truce
Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes against the western Yemeni provinces of Hajjah and al-Hudaydah have killed at least 48 people just a few hours after Riyadh declared the start of a five-day ceasefire in the war-wracked country.
Saudi warplanes poured bombs on a prison and residential areas in Hajjah late on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and injuring 25 others.
Meanwhile, at least 33 people have been killed and 56 others wounded in Saudi airstrikes against a restaurant in the historical town of Zabid in the Yemeni province of al-Hudaydah.
The Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network said on Wednesday that Saudi warplanes hit the district of Malahidh in the northwestern Sa’ada Province.
Clashes have also been reported between the Houthi Ansarullah fighters and forces loyal to Yemen’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in the southern and central provinces of Ta’izz and Ma’rib.
Speaking at a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Riyadh on May 7, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced his country’s decision to declare a five-day halt to its brutal attacks on Yemen. Riyadh, however, violated the ceasefire in war-torn neighboring Yemen just minutes after it went into effect.
Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which currently controls Sana’a and other major provinces, and to restore power to the Yemeni fugitive former president, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.
According to the latest UN figures, the Saudi military campaign has so far claimed the lives of over 1,400 people and injured close to 6,000 people, roughly half of whom have been civilians.