Sana’a (dpa) – At least 12 pro-government Yemeni fighters were killed
and about 50 others injured Monday in an airstrike in Lahj in
southern Yemen, despite a five-day truce announced earlier by the
Saudi-led alliance, local officials said.
The officials told dpa that a warplane struck military sites linked
to pro-government fighters, who are loyal to exiled President Abd
Rabu Mansour Hadi, near a military airbase in the city.
The attack was marred by contradictory accounts. While some sources
said the warplane was linked to the Saudi-led alliance, others
claimed it was used by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
The Saudi-led coalition did not comment on the incident.
On Saturday, the Saudi-led alliance announced a five-day ceasefire
would start at midnight the following day so as to allow the delivery
and distribution of aid to civilians in the war-torn country.
Meanwhile, the popular resistance and pro-government fighters
announced on their official Facebook page the killing of seven
Iran-backed Houthis and the injury of 10 others in two simultaneous
blasts targeting a checkpoint and reinforcements run by the rebels at
a late hour Sunday.
The Houthis, from Yemen’s far north, control large parts of the
impoverished country, including the capital, Sana’a.
Separately, Saudi and Emirati humanitarian aid supplies arrived
Monday in Yemen concurrent with the first visit of the UN
Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Johannes Van Der Klaauw to Aden
after pro-government fighters and the alliance had retaken control of
the southern city about two weeks ago.
The UN coordinator met a number of Yemeni officials of the government
of Hadi who now take Aden as their temporary capital.
On Saturday, at least 140 civilians were killed in central Taiz
province in a Saudi-led alliance bombing, the deadliest attack since
it started a military campaign against the Houthi rebels about four