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Saudi-led warplanes attack popular market in Sa'ada

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 27, IRNA -- The warplanes of the Saudi-led alliance have attacked a popular market in the northwestern Yemeni city of Sa'ada, killing or injuring at least 15 people, according to Yemen's al-Massira TV.

The attack occurred as Saudi-led warplanes have pounded the Yemeni capital city of Sana'a for the second consecutive day.

The airstrikes against Sana'a resumed during the early hours of Friday.

The planes bombed military and civilian targets in and around the Yemeni capital.

Al-Massira television, run by Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah fighters, said anti-aircraft defenses opened fired on the warplanes following the raids.

The airstrikes targeted the al-Samaa military base north of the capital and al-Istiqlal camp on the western edge of Sana'a.

Witnesses said there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The Saudi military launched an aggression against Yemen on Thursday, pounding Sa'ada and the southern city of Ta'izz.

Yemeni officials say 39 people have been killed in Yemen since Saudi-led strikes began.

The invasion of Yemen came as fugitive Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi arrived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Thursday night. Riyadh says it has launched the strikes to defend the "legitimate government" of Hadi upon his request.

There are reports that Hadi would represent his country at the 26th summit of the Arab League, which will be held in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on March 28-29.

The airstrikes against Yemen have drawn condemnation from many countries, including Iran, Russia, Iraq, Syria as well as the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said, "We demand an immediate stop to the Saudi military operations in Yemen."

Russia's Foreign Ministry has slammed the Saudi aggression, saying, "Such a scenario cannot lead to the conflict's settlement by definition."

The Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Thursday that Saudi Arabia has deployed 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers and other navy units for the military campaign in Yemen.

The blatant violation of Yemen's sovereignty by Saudi Arabia has so far been ignored by international organizations, especially the UN, which remains silent toward aggression against one of its member states.

In an interview with Press TV, Anthony Hall, a professor of globalization at Canada's University of Lethbridge, said the Saudi aggression against Yemen is a scenario in which the US "is calling on a proxy force, Saudi Arabia and the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council" to use force to derail "a popular movement against an oppressive regime."

He said Saudi Arabia "is oppressing its own population with the same armaments, the same repressive tactics being directed at the Houthis" in Yemen and should not be allowed to interfere in Yemen's internal affairs.

Riyadh is "using the power coming from petrodollars, coming from alliances … with the military superpower [and] with the Zionists" to wage a war on its neighbor, Hall noted.

This comes as Saudi Arabia pays no respect to the basic principles of democracy such as holding elections and there are reports of "terrible repressions against human rights activists" within the kingdom, the academician stressed.


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