Yemeni army forces’ spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sarie said that the Saudi-led coalition and its paid fighters moved towards military escalation away from the UN peace consultations in Sweden, in a statement said on Sunday.
The coalition waged over 15 airstrikes and dozens of ground attacks on Yemeni territories over the past 12 hours, he told state Saba news agency.
The attacks took place on Saada, Bayda, Hodeidah, and Sanaa province.
“The coalition’s attacks came simultaneously with the beginning of the UN-backed peace consultations in Sweden and that contradict with the peace efforts,” Sarie said.
The spokesman, however, said the Yemeni army repelled all the attacks, killing and injuring scores of the paid fighters, stressing that the Yemeni army forces have the right to respond to any military escalation by the coalition.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 60,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.