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Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes resume despite 'halt' to campaign

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By Euronews
Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes resume despite 'halt'  to campaign

<p>Saudi-led coalition warplanes have bombed rebel positions in Yemen despite Riyadh announcing it was ending its campaign of air strikes.</p> <p>Houthi rebels have been pounded for almost a month but on Tuesday the Saudis declared a new phase was beginning in which the main focus would be on the political process and aid efforts.</p> <p>Air strikes resumed on Wednesday though, amid intense fighting in Yemen’s third city of Taiz, with reports of coalition jets hitting an army base seized by the Houthis.</p> <p>The Shi’ite rebel movement already runs the capital Sanaa and has been fighting to take over the southern port of Aden.</p> <p>It says it wants a return to United Nations peace talks, but only after airstrikes are finally halted.</p> <p>With hundreds killed in Yemen’s violence, an end to bombardments was demanded in a rally by protesters in Sanaa – amid a humanitarian situation described as “catastrophic” by the Red Cross.</p> <p>But finding a political solution will be hard in a conflict stirring animosities between rival Gulf powers, with Shi’ite Iran still denying Saudi claims that it is arming the Houthi militia.</p> <p>The White House on Wednesday said Yemen remained unstable and much more work needed to be done in the region on a diplomatic solution, despite the declared halt to the Saudi-led bombing.</p>