Saudi warplanes launch fresh raids on Yemen

Saudi warplanes have launched fresh airstrikes against various areas across Yemen.

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • Saudi warplanes have launched fresh airstrikes on Yemen, killing at least three people. The strikes hit the Razih district in Sa’ada province. Meanwhile, Ansarullah fighters and allied army units pounded positions of Saudi-backed militants in the second such retaliatory attack over the past 24 hours.
  • Lebanon’s Resistance Movement Hezbollah says the decision by Persian Gulf Arab states to designate it a terrorist organization is a reckless and hostile decision. Hezbollah said the Saudi regime is behind the move and it should bear the responsibility of possible consequences. Iran also condemned the measure.
  • At least five Turkish soldiers have been killed in fresh confrontations with Kurdish militia in the restive southeast. The army says the soldiers were killed in the provinces of Mardin and Diyarbakir since Wednesday. The army also says at least 244 PKK militants in total have been killed in the region so far.
  • Russia says terrorists have targeted residential areas and military positions in Syria, violating the ceasefire for 14 times. The violations have been registered in the provinces of Damascus, Latakia and Dara'a. Foreign-backed militants also accuse the government forces of breaching the ceasefire.
  • European Union President Donald Toosk says the number of refugees crossing Turkey into Greece is far too high despite Ankara's efforts to curtail it. Speaking after talks with Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu, Toosk suggested to ship refugees back to Turkey and break up people smuggling networks in the Aegean Sea.
  • Refugees trapped in the Greek village of Idomeni near the border with Macedonia block railways in protest against closed borders. Dozens of refugees sat on the rail tracks, surrounded by police lines. Macedonia only temporarily opens borders to allow a number of refugees in. This has caused a bottleneck at Greek borders.
  • French President Francois Hollande says UK’s possible exit from the European Union will have consequences for the refugee crisis. He said France collaborates with the UK in handling the security issues of the refugee camps in Calais, but that will be lost in case London decides to leave the EU.
  • Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has lashed out at Republican frontrunner Donald Trump after he won big in Super Tuesday. Romney branded the billionaire businessman as a phony and a fraud. He also called on his fellow Republicans to shun Trump for the good of the United States and the party.


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