Over 1.000 killed, 15.000 Injured in Saudi Aggression in Yemen + Video

Fri Apr 10, 2015 18:47:00

Plumes of smoke rose above the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Thursday following airstrikes by the Saudi warplanes.

For two weeks now, the Saudi has failed to stop a power grab by Shiite revolutionary, known as Houthis, whose advance has forced the country's former president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, to flee and ask Saudis to bomb the country.

The growing regional involvement nevertheless risks transforming what until now has been a complex power struggle into a full-blown sectarian conflict like those raging in Syria and Iraq.

But Pakistani lawmakers on Friday unanimously voted to stay out of the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen in a blow to the Saudis, while planes with badly needed medical aid landed in Yemen's embattled capital, Sanaa - the first such deliveries since the airstrikes started over two weeks ago.

The UN Security Council called for an "immediate pause" to hostilities in Yemen because of the desperate need for humanitarian aid, while the first Red Cross aircraft with six tons of medicines landed in Sanaa.

Meanwhile Warships from the Saudi-led coalition have blocked a vessel carrying more than 47,000 tons of wheat from entering a Yemeni port.

Over 100,000 people have been displaced as a result of the conflict in the war-torn Yemen, International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesperson Joel Millman told journalists Friday.

The incessant attacks on Yemeni soil by Saudi Arabia and its allies have led to the death of a large number of civilians, including 180 children, media reports said.

Today a new spokesman for Yemen's armed forces, representing units loyal to the Houthi revolutionary described the goal of coalition airstrikes in Yemen as "a provocation to a land war" with Saudi Arabia.

In his first media briefing, Colonel Sharaf Laqman lauded the gains made by revolutionary forces on the ground in the past days.

Sharaf Laqman, also said early figures show that there have been over 1,000 people killed by airstrikes since the campaign began nearly three weeks ago.

"Over 1,000 killed, 200 children and more than 40 women. And you must have noticed on television women who were pregnant. And about 20 elderly people. Estimates suggest that the number of wounded exceeds 15,000.”

Laqman also appealed for an end to the violence. "(We) appeal to them to ask that they not permit this family, the Al Saud family, to continue in the carrying out of their crimes at the expense of the rights of the people of Yemen."

On Thursday, Houthis, overran Ataq, the capital of oil-rich Shabwa province, after days of airstrikes and clashes with local Sunni tribes loyal to former president and al-Qaeda.

The Saudi has imposed an air and sea blockade on Yemen and targeted the different parts of country for create a safe corridor that would allow the return of Yemen's former president Hadi.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, considered among the most active and dangerous branch of global militant organisation, has benefited from Yemen's political crisis.

Warplanes from countries participating in a Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen on Thursday attacked a military command center and a military airport in the southern Shabwah province, witnesses have said.

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