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Saudi airstrikes hit Sa'ada, Ta'izz

Iran Press TV

Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:44PM

Saudi warplanes have carried out fresh airstrikes against Yemen, hitting the northern city of Sa'ada and Ta'izz in the south, local officials and witnesses said.

The attack hit the al-Tariq airbase in Ta'izz, located in southwestern Yemen, they told AFP.

Airstrikes also targeted arms depots in Malaheez region in Sa'ada near the border with Saudi Arabia.

Saudi air raids also struck the civil airport in Sa'ada, according to the same sources.

Saudi warplanes started bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters and launched attacks against the Sana'a International Airport and the Dulaimi airbase early on Thursday.

Despite Riyadh's claims that it is attacking Ansarullah positions, Saudi warplanes have flattened a number of homes near the Sana'a airport. Based on early reports, the Saudi airstrikes on Yemen have so far claimed the lives of 18 civilians with more deaths feared, Yemeni sources said.

The Saudi invasion of Yemen has drawn condemnation from many countries such as Iran, Russia, Iraq and Syria, as well as the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.

Earlier on Thursday, Hezbollah slammed as "unwise" and "illegitimate" Saudi Arabia's invasion of Yemen.

"Hezbollah strongly condemns the US-Saudi aggression targeting the brotherly people of Yemen and the national army and vital installations," a statement from Hezbollah's media office said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also called on Saudi Arabia to immediately cease its military aggression against Yemen.

Meanwhile, Russia slammed the Saudi aggression against Yemen, with Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, saying, "Such a scenario cannot lead to the conflict's settlement by definition."

The European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, also raised concerns about the situation in Yemen, saying, "The latest events in Yemen have dramatically worsened the already fragile situation in the country and risk having serious regional consequences."

The blatant invasion of Yemen's sovereignty by the Saudi government comes against a backdrop of total silence on the part of international bodies, especially the United Nations. The world body has so far failed to show any reaction whatsoever to violation of the sovereignty of one of its members by Riyadh.

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