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Iran Press TV

Saudi vows to escalate aggression on Yemen after retaliatory attacks

Iran Press TV

Fri May 8, 2015 5:24AM

Recent retaliatory attacks by Yemeni tribal fighters on Saudi Arabia's southern border area have infuriated Riyadh with a high-ranking commander overseeing the ongoing Saudi aggression warning of further attacks on Yemenis.

Yemen's tribal forces retaliated against the deadly Saudi airstrikes by firing missiles at targets south of Saudi Arabia on May 5, more than one month after Riyadh's aggression started. Over 1,200 people have been killed in the airstrikes so far.

The retaliatory attacks have up to now claimed scores of lives, most of them Saudi military forces stationed in bases and military facilities in Najran Province.

Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri, a spokesman for the Saudi military, threatened late Thursday that the Yemeni forces "will pay a harsh and expensive price."

Since the Saudi aggression started on March 26, the popular committees in Yemen, loyal to Houthi Ansarullah fighters, had repeatedly warned that the indiscriminate targeting of civilians and Yemen's economic and public infrastructure would not go unanswered.

Assiri said, however, that the Yemenis have crossed a "red line" by shelling the border regions.

The comments came after Saudi Arabia announced plans for a five-day halt to its brutal war on Yemen with the alleged aim of facilitating humanitarian aid to people in the impoverished Arab state.

Yemenis condemn Saudi attacks

Meanwhile, Yemeni medical workers have staged a demonstration in front of the United Nations office in the capital, Sana'a, to denounce Saudi Arabia's blockade on their country.

The protesters on Thursday urged the international community to pressure Riyadh to allow humanitarian aid into Yemen.

"We have come here to the UN office to call for the UN secretary general to put an end to this genocide war against the Yemenis. Many patients die at the hospitals because of fuel shortage … that prevents the supply of basic medicine," a physician attending the rally told Press TV.

This comes as Yemen's national commission for documentation of Saudi Arabia's atrocities has revealed new details about crimes against civilians committed by Saudi Arabia in cities like Sa'ada and Aden.

In a press conference on Thursday, the commission called on the international community to put an end to Riyadh's indiscriminate air bombardment.

"Saudi indiscriminate bombardment of residential areas across the country and the use of banned weapons like cluster bombs are crimes against the Yemenis," a statement by a member of the commission said.

Yemeni army officials also warned Saudi Arabia against further intervention in the internal affairs of Yemen and attempts to sow strife in the country.

"We applaud the steadfastness of our army forces to defeat terrorists in Tawahi despite Saudi Arabia's airstrikes and financial helps to the militants," said the Yemeni army spokesman, Sharaf Luqman, referring to Aden's district of Tawahi.

Many global bodies have slammed Riyadh for conducting unlawful airstrikes against civilians. Many have also warned against Saudi Arabia's ongoing aerial and sea blockade that is threatening the lives of many Yemenis .


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