Saudi warplanes target area in Yemeni capital


Saudi military aircraft have launched a fresh round of airstrikes against Yemen as feuding Yemeni political parties are engaged in UN-sponsored peace talks in the Swiss city of Geneva to solve the ongoing conflict at home.

On Thursday morning, Saudi fighter jets conducted at least four aerial assaults against the Faj Attan district on the outskirts of the capital, Sana’a, Arabic-language Yemen Press news agency reported.

Witnesses say thick plumes of smoke could be seen rising from the area, and earsplitting sound of anti-aircraft guns firing could be heard from dozens of meters away as they are trying to target the overflying Saudi jets.

There were no immediate reports of possible casualties and the extent of damage inflicted.

The strikes mark the first of their kind since the beginning of the holy Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

Late on Wednesday, Yemeni army troopers backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees managed to advance in the Dar Saad district of the southern port city of Aden, situated 346 kilometers (214 miles) south of Sana’a, following heavy clashes with militants loyal to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and al-Qaeda terrorists.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Yemeni army soldiers and their allies have also succeeded in wresting control over the al-Mansoora district in Aden, and purged the area of pro-Hadi and al-Qaeda militants.

Yemenis clear the rubble of houses in the UNESCO-listed heritage site in the old city of Yemeni capital, Sana’a, on June 12, 2015 following an overnight Saudi airstrike. (© AFP)

Meanwhile, Ali al-Emad, a member of the Houthi delegation in the Geneva talks, urged the United Nations on Wednesday to help stop Saudi airstrikes against Yemen.

Emad also welcomed the UN’s initiative for a humanitarian pause in the impoverished Arab country in a bid to protect civilians against the Saudi aggression.

The UN-backed peace talks aimed at finding a solution to the deadly crisis in Yemen will reportedly continue until Saturday.

Saudi Arabia started the military campaign against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in an attempt to weaken the Houthi Ansarullah movement and bring Hadi back to power.

The United Nations says at least 2,600 people have been killed and 11,000 others wounded due to the conflict in Yemen since March 19.

By Press TV