Ahead of Proposed Ceasefire, Saudi Arabia Pummels Yemen with Heavy Bombing

Just hours before a five-day humanitarian ceasefire is set to take place, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday pummeled Yemen with airstrikes, hitting the capital Sanaa and the southern port of Aden, according to witnesses.

Backed by Washington, the bombings are in-step with escalating attacks in the lead-up to the planned temporary truce. On Monday, the coalition launched fresh airstrikes on Sanaa, reportedly killing at least 90 people and wounding 300, in one of the deadly such attacks since the air war began on March 26.

The latest barrage comes amid mounting concerns that the ongoing bombings by the Saudi-led coalition, in addition to a naval blockade, are creating an increasingly dire humanitarian situation in the country as supplies of food, water, and medicine dwindle.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) announced on Tuesday that it has delivered a shipment of aid to the Yemen port of Hodeida in hopes of delivering it during the planned ceasefire, with more shipments slated to follow if the truce holds.

“Hundreds of thousands of people across Yemen are struggling to meet their basic needs and are in desperate need of help,” declared UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards.

Numerous Yemeni and international aid organizations have condemned the siege and attacks, which have hit refugee camps, humanitarian aid warehouses, crowded residential neighborhoods, and civilian infrastructure.