Saudi warplanes continued to pound Yemen today, as fighting between Yemen’s Houthis and pro-Saudi factions erupted in several major cities across the nation’s south and west. Nearly 100 people were killed all told, including many civilians.
Fighting was reported in Ibb, Aden, Taiz, Maarib, and Dhale, and Saudi attacks were reported around the Houthi homeland in Saada Province. Aden appears to have seen the heaviest fighting, with both sides trading shellings, many of which hit residential areas.
The fighting between the Houthis and remnants of the pro-Saudi government has lasted for months, with little sign of significant territorial changes. Instead, it is just leaving huge civilian death tolls across the country, and a growing humanitarian crisis.
Peace talks aimed at resolving the war last week failed, though the Houthis are said to be holding a new round of talks with one of the other factions, the southern secessionists, in neighboring Oman. This would not end the Saudi war, but might give some momentum to a settlement of the conflict and the installation of a new government.
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