Shia Houthi fighters in Yemen say Saudi air raids continue to strike northern areas of the country even after their leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi called for a ceasefire with Riyadh. In a statement released by al-Houthi’s office, the fighters said Saudi warplanes carried out attacks on al-Maran region in north of the country.Several other civilians were wounded in the attacks. The air raids were launched against the fighters after they withdrew from at least 46 positions along the Saudi-Yemeni border. According to the statement, the pull-back by the fighters came as a gesture of goodwill to end the three-month clashes in the region. Saudi Arabia joined the Yemeni government’s campaign against the Houthi fighters in November 2009. In a message posted on the internet on Monday, al-Houthi offered a truce to Saudi Arabia to avoid further civilian casualties. He however threatened to wage an “open war” should Riyadh continue attacks on northern Yemen.
March 6, 2017