FRESH BOMBING IN YEMEN AS HUMANITARIAN CEASEFIRE ENDS

An armed member of Houthi militia (R) keeps watch as people gather beside vehicles which were allegedly destroyed by a Saudi air strike, in Sana'a, Yemen 26 March 2015. (Photo: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB)
An armed member of Houthi militia (R) keeps watch as people gather beside vehicles which were allegedly destroyed by a Saudi air strike, in Sana’a, Yemen 26 March 2015. (Photo: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB)

Riyadh, 29 Rajab 1436/18 May 2015 (MINA) – Arab coalition nations have resumed air strikes against Houthi fighters in Yemen as a UN envoy called for an extension of a five-day humanitarian ceasefire that expired late Sunday.

The coalition targeted Houthi rebel positions in al-Sawlaban and al-Arish in Aden province, Saudi military officials said early on Monday, Al Jazeera quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

Al-Masirah TV, a Houthi-backed channel, reported that Saudi troops were also shelling al-Manzala district in al-Dalih near the Yemen-Saudi border, in addition to Al-Ghawr mountain.

“I call on all parties to renew their commitment to this truce for five more days at least,” UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said earlier in Riyadh. “This humanitarian truce should turn into a permanent ceasefire.”

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His appeal followed clashes between rebels and pro-government forces across south Yemen on Saturday despite the truce, which has largely held since starting on Tuesday at 2000 GMT. (T/P00 1/R04)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)