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3 civilians dead in a missile attack in Saudi Arab

Civil Defense authorities said that two children along with them three civilians have been killed in the missile attacks from cross border on residential area in the Southwestern Saudi Arabia from Yemen.

Civil defense spokesman Major Yehia al-Qahtani said in a statement that eleven others were wounded, among them nine children, when several missiles hit residential districts in the Jazan region on Thursday.

In Yemen the conflict has left nearly 6,000 people dead since March, according to UN figures.

Yemen’s president returned to Aden last year from exile in Saudi Arabia, a day after a military offensive was launched against Iran backed Houthi rebels, a presidential source said.

After landing in the provisional capital, Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi went straight to the palace to supervise the offensive, which is aimed at retaking rebel controlled Taez province.

His return comes just days after his prime minister, Khaled Bahah, announced the government’s return to the war torn country.

The president has tried to return before.

A ceasefire in Yemen that has been frequently violated was due to be extended last week, as fighting persisted in the north and rebels vowed more missile attacks on Saudi targets.

The truce was set to be renewed for one week, a day after the Saudi-backed government and opposing rebels wrapped up peace talks in Switzerland without any breakthrough.

The six days of closed-door meetings were strained by repeated violations of a coinciding ceasefire aimed at calming tensions between loyalists and the rebels who control Sanaa.

A Yemeni hospital run by medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) was hit by a Saudi-led air strike, the group said another bombing of a civilian target in the seven-month air campaign in Yemen.

Yemen’s state news agency Saba, run by Houthi group quoted the Heedan hospital director saying that several people were injured in the attack.

The Saudi-led coalition, however, claimed that its planes had not bombed the hospital run by the medical aid group.

When he was asked if coalition jets had hit the hospital, Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said in an electronic message: “Not at all.”

Asseri said that coalition jets had been in action in Saada governorate, however. When asked if he knew what had caused the blast, Asseri said: “We cannot tell without investigation.”

Human rights groups have expressed concern at the mounting deaths caused by the aerial bombing and ground fighting raging across the impoverished country.

More than 5,600 people have died in the conflict and shuttle diplomacy by a United Nations envoy has yet to win a political solution or slow the pace of combat.

 

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