War in Yemen: Saudi crimes confirmed
Advances in Sana'a, Ma'rib and Ta'iz
Commanders of the Houthi alliance announced that they advanced in different parts of Sana'a, Ma'rib and Ta'iz provinces against the Saudi coalition’s terrorists and mercenaries. They have taken control of the Qaran heights in Sana'a. They have also taken control of villages in southeastern Ma'rib province, killing 16 mercenaries and wounding dozens in this operation. They have dismissed reports that the terrorists entered the Western parts of Ma'rib.
The Houthi alliance assisted by local tribes has also seized territory in the eastern and central parts of Ta'iz, managing to cut the important terrorist supply routes between Ta'iz and Yemen's Southern provinces.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Yemeni tribal fighters have joined the Houthi alliance in their fight against the Saudi invasion and deadly air campaign since the funeral massacre in Sana'a.
Cross-border offensives in Asir, Jizan and Najran
The Houthi alliance targeted military bases and camps in the Saudi provinces of Najran, Jizan and Asir with artillery and missiles.
They targeted al- Rabuah military complex and large number of Saudi soldiers was seen fleeing the complex.
They also shelled al-Shabakah and Maltah military sites in Asir and inflicting heavy losses among the troops, said the official.
In Jizan, their sniper units killed a Saudi soldier at the al-Ghaoih military based and their artillery shelled fortifications there as well as at the al-Kairs military base.
In Najran, their sniper units killed two Saudi soldiers in the al-Talah military base and artillery destroyed three Saudi military vehicles in the Salah military base and set fire to an ammunition depot near the al-Buqa crossing.
Meanwhile, Saudi coalition fighter jets waged three strikes on Jarah valley in the region.
US-led Saudi coalition warplanes resumed airstrikes on Sana’a, targeting residential areas of al-Hafa in al-Sabeen district, south of the capita, causing extensive damage to public and private properties.
The fighter jets loitered over the capital for hours in an act of defiance.
Repeated calls for a ceasefire
The US-led Saudi coalition was called on by the US’s UN envoy at the UN Security Council briefing to “refrain from taking steps that escalate violence” in Yemen.
She added: “First, the United States calls on the parties to recommit immediately to the cessation of hostilities, which means halting all military actions on the ground, in the air, and at sea. That includes an end to shelling and an end to airstrikes.”
“There is very little good news in Yemen, but one small piece of good news is that we have seen that the parties can reduce the violence in Yemen when they show the will to do so,” she noted.
She also slammed missile attacks by the Houthi alliance on Saudi territory, noting that “every country has a right to defend itself, and the United States remains fully committed to the security of Saudi Arabia.”
However this is the diametric opposite to US actions in Yemen where the continue arms supplies and providing military support in intelligence, targeting information and even refueling the Saudi coalition air forces.
In response, the UN director of Human Rights Watch said: “The US ambassador’s call for an end to indiscriminate airstrikes in Yemen would be more compelling if the US didn’t provide Saudi Arabia with some of the weapons used in these strikes.”
HRW added that not only Saudi Arabia but also the US and the UK are complicit in the deaths of civilians in all of the airstrikes especially the massacres at the funeral and the prison.
The HRW’s has recorded that the US-led Saudi coalition has conducted at least 58 “unlawful airstrikes,” during this war waged with direct military support from the US and assistance from the UK, Other human rights organizations and the UN have documented many more.
The UN found that Saudi coalition airstrikes in Yemen are responsible for most of the civilians killed in the war and called for an international investigation into the coalition’s violations there.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that it “has documented incidents in which airstrikes by the coalition forces had an impact on localities with a high concentration of civilians, including markets and residential areas, as well as on events such as wedding ceremonies, frequently incurring high casualties and causing substantive infrastructural damage.”
Iran's Red Crescent is ready to send aid
The Iranian Red Crescent Society again expressed their readiness to send humanitarian aid, relief workers and medicine to Yemen.
The Head of Iranian Red Crescent Society said: "An Iranian relief flight has been allowed to transfer Yemen's wounded civilians for treatment and we also voiced our preparedness to send relief workers and humanitarian aid to that country.”
He stressed that their presence will be in compliance with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies procedures and that Iran’s contributions will be channeled through Yemen's Red Crescent Society.