The Saudi-led war coalition’s fighter jets have launched a series of raids targeting several areas in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, as well as in Amran and Sa’dah provinces, while the Yemeni army keeps up resistance against the kingdom and its allied aggressors.
On Wednesday evening, coalition aircraft conducted airstrikes on al-Sayanah area in the district of al-Thawra and on al-Hafa area in the district of al-Sabeen, both located in Sana’a, Yemen Press Agency (YPA) reported.
The war coalition also attacked Raymat Humaid area in Sanhan district of Sana’a province and Sihar and Harf Sufyan districts, which are located in Sa’adah and Amran provinces, respectively.
The latest round of Saudi-led onslaught against Yemenis comes as the Yemeni Army’s Missile Force launched ballistic missiles toward the southwestern Saudi region of Asir and also pounded the positions of Saudi-backed mercenaries in the Yemeni provinces of Ma’rib and Ta’izz.
Parl. Speaker calls on Arab, Islamic nations to end Saudi crimes
Also on Wednesday, the Yemeni parliament lauded the Yemeni army for its successive victories on various fronts in the face of the Saudi-led coalition.
The parliament condemned the atrocities committed by the coalition in Ma’rib province, which remains the last stronghold of the Saudi-backed forces and the most important area over which Yemen and Saudi Arabia continue to fight.
It underlined the importance of concerted efforts aimed at foiling conspiracies targeting the Yemeni people and liberating all Yemeni territories.
Yemeni Parliament Speaker Yahya Ali al-Raee also sent a letter to the parliament speakers of Arabic and Islamic countries, calling on them to help put an end to the Saudi crimes against the poorest Middle Eastern country.
Saudi Arabia, accompanied by its allies, launched the war on Yemen in 2015, to bring the Hadi government back to power and crush the popular Ansarullah movement.
Instead of achieving the professed goals, however, the Saudi-led war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases.
War coalition denies withdrawing troops
Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition stated that its troops were redeploying, rather than withdrawing, in order to continue the fight against the Sana’a government.
According to Reuters, the spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition, General Turki al-Malki, said reports circulating about a Saudi military withdrawal from south Yemen were “baseless and unfounded.”
“Movement and redeployment of troops based on operational and tactical assessment” was a standard operation “in all military forces across the world,” General Malki said.
He made the remarks after Yemeni security forces told Reuters that the Saudi military had withdrawn from a major military base in Burayqah district in the southern port city of Aden, removing troops, hardware, and heavy artillery.
In recent months, the Yemeni Armed Forces and the Popular Committees have closed in on the positions of the Yemeni-backed militants in the country.
The Sana’a government has also repeatedly targeted positions deep inside Saudi Arabia so as to compel the kingdom to end its war on Yemen, saying its defensive attacks will continue until Riyadh ends the war.
‘Yemen issue should not be used as political card’
Yemeni Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf Abdullah called on the international community to address the root causes of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, represented by the Saudi-led aggression and siege.
The Yemeni humanitarian file should be given priority and not be compromised or used as a political card, Abdullah said during a meeting with the head of the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sana’a, Mathew Leslie, on Wednesday.
The chief Yemeni diplomat called on the UN Security Council to pay attention to the Yemeni people’s suffering and find appropriate solutions to end the suffering.
The Saudi-led war on Yemen has been accompanied by a tight siege that has led to fuel shortages in Yemen, devastated daily life in the impoverished country, and even prevented the entry of medicines and medical supplies into the country.
Three fuel tankers detained in ‘unprecedented piracy’
According to the Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC), the Saudi-led coalition is detaining three Yemeni tankers carrying more than 80,000 tons of diesel, preventing them from reaching the port of Hodeidah despite the fact that the ships have obtained UN permits and were inspected in Djibouti.
In a statement, the YPC said the tankers have been detained for 81 days of “unprecedented piracy.”
“All tankers have completed all UNVIM procedures in Djibouti and obtained United Nations permits,” the company explained, stressing that the cargo “complies with the conditions contained in the concept of verification and inspection operations.”
The YPC pointed out that in the face of “criminal piracy and its catastrophic repercussions,” no serious and tangible action has been taken by the UN, despite the fact that it is the international body concerned with facilitating the entry of imports of basic commodities.