Saudi jets conduct 30 strikes on Yemen in one day

Saudi warplanes conducted 30 fresh air raids Sunday striking several provinces across the war-wracked Yemen.

Media reports said the Saudi jets carried out new airstrikes against remote areas in the provinces of Sa’ada, Jawf, Hajjah, Ta’izz and Sana’a.

A recent confidential report by a panel of UN experts said the Saudi regime had deliberately bombed civilian targets in Yemen, which led to the death of children in the impoverished country.

The report presented to the UN Security Council on August 4 said Saudi Arabia and its allies have failed to take precautions and thus violated international humanitarian law while conducting airstrikes on Yemen.

Responding to the report, Mansour bin Ahmed Mansour, the spokesman of a Saudi investigation task force, defended the deadly airstrikes on markets, clinics and a wedding ceremony in Yemen, citing the presence of armed forces at the sites.

Riyadh’s deadly campaign began on March 26, 2015. About 10,000 people have been killed since the Saudi aggression began. Yemenis say most of the victims are civilians.

Yemen’s governing council

Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, which is a coalition between the Houthi Ansarullah movement and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress (GPC) party, announced its members on Saturday. The 10-member council is tasked with running the country.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed censured the move, saying it would represent a “grave breach” of the UN Security Council Resolution 2216 on how to resolve the conflict in Yemen.

The UN envoy also announced that the peace talks on Yemen would go into a one-month recess.

Talks between representatives of Yemen’s resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh, and delegates representing Houthis and allies started in Kuwait City on April 21. The negotiations resumed on July 16, and they were suspended at the end of June.

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