SANAA (Dispatches) – The Saudi-led coalition has intensified its airstrikes against the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, and other areas following the killing of the former Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The coalition’s warplanes conducted dozens of airstrikes on positions of the Houthi Ansarullah movement in Sana’a and other northern provinces early Wednesday despite calls for a humanitarian ceasefire in the country, Yemen’s al-Masirah television reported.
The coalition also bombed the presidential palace, Saleh’s residence and houses of his family members.
Local residents said loud explosions were heard in downtown Sana’a.
The airstrikes also targeted other Yemeni provinces, including Ta’izz, Hajjah and Sa’dah.
The assaults on Hajjah left a woman and a girl dead and injured 10 others in Mabyan District. The Saudi warplanes also fired more than 150 rockets and mortar shells at Razih and Shada’a districts in Sa’dah Province.
Elsewhere in the southwestern province of Ta’izz, four people were wounded following the bombardment of a fuel station in Mukha District.
Yemeni forces, on the other hand, targeted the positions of the Saudi-led mercenaries in Nihm District in Sana’a Province and Maton district in the northern province of Jawf.
Yemeni sources have also indicated that the top commander of forces loyal to the slain president has died of injuries he suffered during clashes this week with fighters of Houthi Ansarullah movement in the capital Sana’a.
Yemen’s General People's Congress party announced Tuesday that Tarek Saleh died of wounds suffered during clashes over control of Sana’a.
A statement from the party said the commander had sustained wounds to his liver and died in a hospital. It did not give more details.
The UN has stressed that despite calls for a humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen, Saudi Arabia continues to bomb the capital Sana'a.
"Airstrikes have continued while ground fighting and shelling have been reduced,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
Dujarric added that UN food supplies in Yemen were running out, and that seven vessels carrying food requirements are blocked by Saudi-led coalition from entering Hudaydah and Salif ports.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council also stressed that humanitarian situation in the country was "dire," and that the country "stands at the brink of catastrophic famine."
More than 12,000 people have been killed since the onset of Saudi Arabia's deadly campaign against Yemen in March 2015. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country's infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.