Air strikes pound Yemen as UN envoy opens talks

Coalition forces conducts air strikes in Yemeni cities as UN envoy launches peace talks

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Saudi-led Arab coalition warplanes bombed the Houthi-held positions across Yemen on Saturday as the United Nations envoy for Yemen launched stalled peace talks in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Among the targets was a house of the ousted president, Ali Abdullah Saleh in the city of Sanhan, AFP reported.

The UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed held talks with Yemeni political groups in the capital on Saturday.

“All Yemeni parties must return to dialogue,” SABA news agency quoted Ahmed as saying.

Peace talks had been indefinitely postponed on May 25.

Meanwhile, the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and allied militias captured the strategic city of Saeed in the southern Yemeni province, Shabwa, on Saturday.

At least eight civilians were killed on Saturday as clashes erupted in Aden, Taiz, and Marib, security officials said.

Saudi Arabia launched a military operation on March 26, including air strikes, in Yemen against the Houthis, who captured the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz in April.

Gulf Arab countries and the United States accuse Iran of supporting Shia Houthi rebels, a claim Tehran denies.

The UN estimates that at least 1,037 civilians, including 130 women and 234 children were killed between March 26 and May 20.

TRTWorld and agencies