State: 100,000 flee Yemen’s Saada after fierce strikes

Published May 10th, 2015 - 06:38 GMT

Over 100,000 people from Yemen's flashpoint Saada province fled to adjacent Amran over the past three days, a Yemeni official said Sunday.

"For the third day in a row, Amran is still receiving large numbers of displaced residents whose homes in Saada have been destroyed in front of them," Faisal Jamaan, Amran's governor, was quoted as saying by the official Yemeni news agency.

Since Thursday, a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition, which launched an operation in Yemen six weeks ago, has launched hundreds of airstrikes in Saada, the stronghold of  Shiite Houthi militant group in northern Yemen.

The coalition on Thursday dropped leaflets on Saada's residents, urging them to leave the province after declaring the whole of Saada a military target.

"Over 100,000 displaced people who have fled to Amran are in desperate need for humanitarian aid in these difficult circumstances," Jamaan said.

On Thursday, Saudi Arabia vowed a "harsh" response to what it described as recent Houthi "assaults" near the border with Yemen, which have left ten people dead in Saudi Arabia.

Since late March, Saudi Arabia and several of its Arab allies have been pounding Houthi positions across Yemen.

Riyadh says its campaign is in response to appeals by Yemen's embattled President, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, for military intervention against the Houthis.

The Houthis, meanwhile, denounce the offensive as an unwarranted "Saudi-American aggression" on Yemen.


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