Saudi-led strikes hit Yemen rebels despite truce

Saudi-led strikes hit Yemen rebels despite truce
Smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen.

Sanaa - There were no immediate reports of any casualties.



By AFP

Published: Sun 12 Jul 2015, 12:13 PM

Last updated: Sun 12 Jul 2015, 2:17 PM

Saudi-led warplanes bombarded Yemeni rebels at dawn on Sunday, witnesses said, in a new blow to a UN-proposed truce in the impoverished country where millions are threatened with famine.
Air strikes hit the Houthi stronghold of Saada in Yemen's north, as well as other rebel positions south of the capital Sanaa and in the southern province of Lahj, residents said.
There were no immediate reports of any casualties.
The UN-proposed humanitarian truce technically went into effect at 2059 GMT on Friday and is supposed to run until July 17, the last day of the Holy month of Ramadan.
More than a week ago the United Nations declared Yemen a level-3 humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, with nearly half the country facing a food crisis.
More than 21.1 million people - over 80 per cent of Yemen's population - need aid, with 13 million facing food shortages, while access to water has become difficult for 9.4 million people.
The UN says the conflict has killed more than 3,200 people, about half of them civilians, since late March.


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