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Truce in Yemen Broken by Saudi Air Strikes and Heavy Fighting

July 12, 2015 


Saudi air strike on Sana'a, Yemen, July 10, 2015 Saudi air strike on Sana'a, Yemen, July 10, 2015


24 Yemenis Killed in Saudi Air Strikes on Friday, July 10, 2015
السبت, 11-يوليو-2015
المؤتمرنت -
24 مواطناً حصيلة ضحايا غارات العدوان السعودي على اليمن (الجمعة)
قال مصدر أمني مسؤول إن 24 مواطناً استشهدوا بينهم 10 نساء وأطفال، وأصيب العشرات، أمس الجمعة، إثر سلسلة غارات جوية شنها طيران العدوان السعودي على عدد من مديريات محافظات الجمهورية.

وأوضح المصدر أن 8 مواطنين استشهدوا وأصيب آخرين في حصيلة أولية جراء قصف طيران العدوان السعودي مدرسة تأوي نازحين بمنطقة الحمراء محافظة لحج، لافتا إلى أن القصف تسبب في تدمير المدرسة تدميراً كاملاً وتضرر عدد من المباني المجاورة.

وأشار المصدر إلى أن سبعة مواطنين استشهدوا وأصيب 10 آخرين جميعهم نساء وأطفال جراء قصف طيران العدوان السعودي لمنازل مواطنين بقرية الحظيرة وادي الأجبار مديرية سنحان وبني بهلول محافظة صنعاء.

وذكر المصدر أن طيران العدوان السعودي استهدفت سيارة نقل بضائع تابعة لأحد البيوت التجارية من آل باجمال، في نقيل الضلعة على الخط العام بين عتق والنقبة بمحافظة شبوة، ما أدى إلى استشهاد سائقها سالم عبدالله باجمال.

لافتا إلى أن القصف أدى أيضا إلى تدمير سيارة هايلوكس كانت تمر بجانب سيارة النقل في نفس اللحظة ما نتج عن ذلك استشهاد ثلاثة مواطنين من أبناء مديرية المقاطرة محافظة لحج كانوا على متنها.

وقال المصدر إن غارات جوية لطيران العدوان السعودي استهدفت منطقة النقبة بمحافظة شبوة، ودمرت جسر السلام الرابط بين شبوة وأبين.

وقال المصدر إن 4 مواطنين استشهدوا وأصيب 4 آخرين إثر استهدف طيران العدوان السعودية بأربع صواريخ استهدفت ادارة شرطة مديرية الرضمة بمحافظة إب.

وفي محافظة ذمار، بين المصدر أن مواطنا استشهد وجرح 27 آخرن إثر قصف طيران العدو السعودي للمجمع التربوي ومنطقة حمام علي بمديرية المنار محافظة ذمار.

وفي أمانة العاصمة، أوضح المصدر أن طيران العدو السعودي شن غارتين على معسكر الحفاء وجبل نقم، وغارات أخرى على معسكر الدفاع الجوي بصرف.

ولفت المصدر إلى أن طيران العدوان استهدف بغارتين فندق اللواء الاخضر وفندق البحرين في حرض، وشن غارتين أخريين على منطقة القمة بكحلان عفار محافظة حجة.

وفي محافظة مأرب، قال المصدر إن طيران العدو السعودي شن سلسلة من الغارات على منطقة الاشراف، ومديرية صرواح، موضحا أن 15 غارة جوية شنها طيران العدو على محافظة صعدة تركزت على مناطق؛ ضحيان، المقاش، العند، باقم، جمعة بن فاضل، الشعف.

وفي محافظة عدن ذكر المصدر أن طيران العدو شن غارتين استهدفت ميناء عدن، وغارة أخرى على مديرية كريتر.

Bombing and heavy fighting break Yemen truce: residents

By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohammed Mukhashaf

Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:58pm EDT


Saudi-led air strikes and heavy shelling between warring factions shook several cities in Yemen on Saturday, residents said, violating a United Nations humanitarian truce which took effect just before midnight.

The U.N.-brokered pause in the fighting was meant to last a week to allow aid deliveries to the country's 21 million people who have endured more than three months of bombing and civil war.

A coalition of Arab states has been bombing the Iranian-allied Houthi rebel movement - Yemen's dominant force - since late March in a bid to restore to power President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh.

That coalition said on Saturday that the Yemeni government in exile had not asked it to pause, according to a news flash on Saudi-owned Arabiya TV.

Yemeni government officials were not immediately available to comment, but the U.N. Secretary General's office said before the truce that President Hadi had "communicated his acceptance of the pause to the coalition to ensure their support."

Air raids pounded Houthi and Yemeni army units in the capital Sanaa and in the group's stronghold province of Saada along the border with Saudi Arabia.

Fighting raged in the embattled southern city of Taiz and the eastern province of Mareb amid intense artillery exchanges between Houthi fighters and local militiamen backed up by Arab air strikes.

In Aden, one of the country's most deprived and war-torn areas, witnesses said Houthi forces fired mortars and Katyusha rockets towards opposition fighters based in northern areas and around the city's international airport.

Bombing by the Arab alliance and fighting have killed more than 3,000 people since March 26.


The Houthis, who hail from the Shi'ite Muslim sect, and their army allies say their spread throughout the country is part of a revolution against a corrupt government and hardline Sunni Muslim militants which they say are allied to the opposition forces, and they vowed to keep up the fight despite the truce.

"Our security and armed forces maintain their right to fight and hunt down al Qaeda and Islamic State elements as part of our just defence of our people," Colonel Sharaf Luqman, spokesperson for the Houthi-allied army, said in a statement on Saturday.

Supplies of food, fuel and medicine have dwindled dangerously because of the fighting and a near-blockade by the coalition, spreading disease and hunger.

"There have been very heavy air strikes and fighting across the country, seemingly unabated," UNICEF's Yemen representative Julien Harneis said.

But while the fighting mostly doesn't stop humanitarian aid being delivered to affected areas, the tragic thing is that it does impede the civilian population from going the last mile and being able to reach that assistance," he added.

Local officials in Aden said that Houthi fighters had allowed 25 trucks of medical aid into the besieged city on Saturday, but were holding up 40 other trucks full of food.

All parties in Yemen's conflict had welcomed the announcement of the truce and called for it to be extended.

But the exiled government wants the Houthis to release prisoners and give up land they have seized in battle, while the Houthis say they doubt any calm will last.

Residents in the eastern city of Mukalla said a suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles at cars carrying al Qaeda militants on Friday night, killing three including a senior leader in the group, Abu Hajar al-Hadrami.

Washington fears turmoil in Yemen will strengthen al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the deadliest branch of the global militant group.

AQAP's new leader Qassim al-Raymi, appointed after his predecessor was killed in a U.S. drone strike last month, called for attacks on the United States in a taped speech released on Thursday.

(Writing by Noah Browning; Editing by Toni Reinhold and Pravin Char)


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