Saudi warplanes bomb north Yemen

SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) – Saudi-led warplanes bombed targets in Yemen’s northerly Saada province, a bastion of Iranian-allied fighters, local officials said on Wednesday, and a U.N. official accused both sides in the conflict of failing to respect international law.

Jets from a Saudi-led coalition also attacked town of Dhalea and al-Anad air base, Yemen’s largest, which lies in a strategic position commanding the approaches to the major southern port of Aden.

There was no immediate word on casualties from the latest bombing raids. Coalition forces have said Houthi forces based in Saada, near the Saudi-Yemeni border, have periodically shelled targets in southern Saudi Arabia during the conflict.

In the central city of Taiz, 10 fighters and five soldiers from forces loyal to Saudi-based government were killed in clashes, residents and a local official said.

In New York, United Nations aid chief Stephen O’Brien said none of the warring parties in Yemen had observed a humanitarian pause in fighting intended to allow in emergency aid amid severe shortages of fuel, food and medicine.

A ceasefire called by the coalition to start on Sunday evening crumbled almost immediately, posing problems for relief organizations seeking to expand aid deliveries.

Yemen relies on imports, but a near-total blockade led by Saudi Arabia has slowed shipments to the Arabian Peninsula country to a trickle. The Arab coalition is inspecting shipments in an effort to thwart any arms deliveries to the fighters.

The World Health Organization said this week that according to data from health facilities in Yemen, 4,984 people had been killed and 19,347 had been injured between March 19 and July 19.

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