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Three civilians killed as Saudi-led militia shell Yemen’s Hudaydah

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
People rummage through rubble after a Saudi-led airstrike in al-Jawf province, Yemen, on February 15, 2020 in this still image taken from a video. (Photo by Reuters)

At least three civilians have been killed when artillery shelling targeted an area in Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah, as Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies press ahead with their military aggression against the crisis-hit Arab country.

A local security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Saudi-led militia forces carried out heavy artillery shelling on al-Jaah area in the Bayt al-Faqih district of the province on Monday, the media bureau of Ansarullah movement reported.

The source added that the artillery shelling killed at least three people and critically injured two others at the scene.

Saudi forces also fired ten artillery rounds at various residential areas north of Hays district in the same Yemeni province. There were no immediate reports about possible casualties or the extent of damage available though.

The developments came as an unnamed source in the Liaison and Coordination Officers Operations Room said that during the past 24 hours forces of the Saudi-led military coalition and their mercenaries have breached more than 190 times an agreement reached between the warring sides during a round of UN-sponsored peace negotiations in Sweden in December 2018.

The source at the monitor added that the violations included seven reconnaissance flights over Kilo 16 and L50 neighborhoods, formation of two fortification lines in Jabaliyah and Kilo 16 areas, 46 counts of artillery and mortar shelling, as well as 135 shooting incidents in various regions.

Delegates from the Ansarullah movement and representatives loyal to former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi attended the peace negotiations in Rimbo on the outskirts of the Swedish capital Stockholm. The talks resulted in the announcement of a break-through agreement.

The document included three provisions: a ceasefire along the Hudaydah front and the redeployment of armed forces out of the city and its port; an agreement on prisoner exchange; and a statement of understanding on the southern Yemeni city of Ta’izz.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing back to power the government of Hadi and crushing the Ansarullah movement.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past nearly five years.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have purchased billions of dollars' worth of weapons from the United States, France and the United Kingdom in the war on Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition has been widely criticized for the high civilian death toll from its bombing campaign. The alliance has carried out nearly 20,500 air raids in Yemen, according to the data collected by the Yemen Data Project.

The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.

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