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In the early hours of 27 November, Saudi coalition warplanes targeted several buildings in and around Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.
Local media outlets reported that Saudi jets targeted several parts of the city, including civilian and residential buildings in Dhahaban town, which lies on the outskirts of the capital. Several casualties were also recorded, but no specific number has yet been provided.
The attack on Sanaa by the Saudi-led coalition is the fifth during the last 96 hours and marks an increase in the coalition’s aggression against the people of Yemen.
A statement by the coalition through Saudi Arabia’s state television network claimed that the attacks targeted “military sites,” but the reports, however, failed to name the military installations targeted. It added that the strikes achieved their “goal” and that the attacks on Sanaa will continue.
New aggressions were also reported in the port city of Hodeidah, where Saudi-backed militants reportedly violated a ceasefire agreement 128 times during the past 24 hours.
According to officials with Yemen’s Liaison and Coordination Officers Operations Room, the violations included 21 reconnaissance flights over various regions in addition to 35 counts of artillery shelling and 51 shooting incidents.
The increase in coalition aggression comes amid gains made by the Yemeni Armed Forces against coalition troops in strategic Marib province.
On 26 November, the Yemeni army said that its forces and allied Popular Committees made ‘significant advances’ on the southern gates of the city of Marib, where Saudi-backed militias have retreated to after losing several fierce battles against the movement.
Saudi Arabia, alongside the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait with the backing of the US government in 2015, invaded Yemen with the aim of removing the Ansarallah resistance movement from power and restoring the western-friendly government of president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.
However, after six years of heavy fighting and aggression, the coalition is nowhere close to achieving its intended goals, as during the last few months it has lost a significant amount of territory to the movement.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the conflict has killed more than 230,000 people and displaced more than one million. On top of this, on the country’s essential infrastructure has led to an outbreak of famine and water borne diseases such as cholera.