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Five killed in fresh Saudi assault on Yemen's Hajjah

Iran Press TV

Sun May 10, 2015 10:44PM

A fresh air attack by Saudi warplanes in Yemen's eastern Hajjah province has left at least five people killed.

Saudi bombers continued their strikes on Yemen's northern territories on Sunday with five people reportedly killed in the Hajjah province, adjacent to Sa'ada, where Saudis have been launching repeated attacks since early Friday.

According to the Yemeni health ministry, Saudi attacks on two Northern provinces of Sa'ada and Hajjah have claimed many lives, with tens of people killed and injured only in Hajjah over the past two days.

The devastating attacks started after Yemeni tribal forces shelled some military bases south of Saudi Arabia in response to nearly six weeks of air campaign against their country.

International organizations have been warning about the growing intensity of Saudi air assaults which could further complicate the humanitarian situation in the impoverished Arab country.

Earlier in the day, the website of the United Nations Refugee Agency published a photo showing people living in the open air in the Abs district of Hajjah after fleeing the incessant attacks.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian forces in the southern border provinces of Jizan and Najran fired over 130 missiles into the Kitaf region of Sa'ada with no immediate reports of casualties.

This comes as Saudi Arabia and Yemen have agreed to a five-day ceasefire with the ostensible aim of facilitating humanitarian aid to civilians in the impoverished Arab state.

Saudi Arabia started military aggression against Yemen on March 26 - without a UN mandate - in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which currently controls the capital Sana'a and other major provinces, and to restore power to Yemen's fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.

The Saudi military campaign has reportedly claimed the lives of over 1,200 people so far and injured thousands of others. Hundreds of women and children are among the victims, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Al Saud regime has imposed a blockade on the delivery of relief supplies to the war-stricken people in defiance of calls by international aid groups.

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