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Israel Offered Saudis Iron Dome System to Protect Border With Yemen

The London-based, Arabic-language newspaper Rai al-Youm reported Saturday that Israel has offered Saudi Arabia a transfer of Iron Dome technology in order to protect the region bordering Yemen, which has been hit by rockets several times recently during fighting with Houthi rebels.

Today Saudi-led coalition’s warplanes, in fresh round of air attacks, on Saturday pounded several targets in the provinces of Sa’ada and Hajja.

The sources said that massive explosions shook the Yemeni capital of Sana’a as Saudi fighter jets launched 17 airstrikes against al-Sawad military base in South of the Yemeni capital.

Saudi warplanes struck Dhabwah base of Yemen’s elite Republican Guard in Sana’a on five different occasions.The Saudi jets also shelled Monabbih district of the same province.

The Saudi warplanes targeted three times a water reservoir in Abs district of the Northwestern province of Hajja.
Meantime, the Saudi forces lobbed a number of mortar rounds at al-Marzaq district of Hajja province. A similar incident was also reported in Yemen’s Northwestern Razeh district.

Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen in the last 59 days to bring its ally, fugitive president Mansour Hadi, back to power. The airstrikes have killed, at least, 3,889 Yemenis, according to FNA’s independent tally.

Also today UN has warned Saudi Arabia and its allies and other militia groups to adhere to obligations under international law not to harm civilians.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) estimates that of the more than 1,000 dead, at least 130 are women and 234 children. A total of 2,453 civilians have been injured.

The violence in yemen has created a political vacuum that extremist groups such as Al Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula (AQAP) and “Islamic State” (ISIS) have been quick to fill.

On Friday, a suicide bombing at a mosque in Sana’a injured over a dozen of worshippers and was claimed by ISIS.

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