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Saudi warplanes strike military academy, stadium in southwestern Yemen

Iran Press TV

Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:8PM

Saudi warplanes have pounded a military academy as well as a stadium in Yemen's southwestern province of Dhamar, as Riyadh pushes ahead with its military campaign against members of Popular Committees loyal to Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Saudi military aircraft struck the Republican Guards Academy and the stadium in the provincial capital of Dhamar, located some 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, on Tuesday afternoon, Yemen-based Arabic-language Watten news agency reported.

Ansarullah fighters and army forces have made fresh gains in their battle against al-Qaeda-linked militants in the central province of Ma'rib despite ongoing Saudi airstrikes against Yemen.

The Houthi fighters and the army troopers have made advances in the city of Sirwah, which lies about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Sana'a.

The militants have reportedly executed about 15 soldiers in the Azzan region, located in the southern province of Shabwah.

Saudi Arabia's air campaign against Yemen started on March 26, without a UN mandate, in a bid to restore power to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

The spokesman for Yemeni armed forces and Popular Committees has said Saudi Arabia is leveling Yemen's infrastructure to the ground.

Colonel Sharaf Luqman said in a press conference in Sana'a on Monday that civilians and Yemeni infrastructure have been the target of the Saudi aggression against Yemen.

"Saudi Arabia is the international supporter of terrorism," the military official stated.

A significant number of governmental buildings, schools, shops, gas stations, markets, stadiums and mosques have been destroyed in the Saudi attacks, the spokesman added, describing the Saudi brutalities in Yemen as "war crimes."

Close to 2,600 people have been killed in the Saudi aggression, Luqman said, noting that the Yemeni people will strongly respond to the Saudi aggression.


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