Saudi-led coalition warplanes killed 43 soldiers on Wednesday when they targeted a rebel troop headquarters in the Yemeni capital as the United Nations tried to reschedule postponed peace talks.
Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out fresh raids on rebel positions in southern Yemen Thursday as pro-government tribesmen advanced on Shiite Huthi strongholds in the north, tribal and army sources said.
The United Nations announced Wednesday a date for its conference on Yemen, where Saudi-led warplanes have intensified raids against rebels in a conflict that has displaced half a million people.
Fierce clashes between rebels and pro-government forces killed dozens across south Yemen on Saturday, threatening to derail a humanitarian ceasefire drawn up to bring vital aid to the war-wracked country.
Dwarfed by warships and giant cargo vessels, the small wooden boats that brave the dangerous crossing between the Horn of Africa and Yemen are a lifeline for the desperate thousands fleeing war.
The Saudi-led coalition against Huthi rebels in Yemen warned a five-day truce "would not last long" in the face of alleged breaches, as the UN called for calm to allow badly needed aid to reach the country.
Saudi-led warplanes pressed air strikes against rebel positions in Yemen early Monday, 36 hours before a scheduled five-day pause to allow the delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid, witnesses said.
Yemen ceasefire efforts gathered pace Sunday after more than six weeks of Saudi-led air strikes, with rebels saying they would respond "positively" and their allies accepting a US-backed truce plan.
Djibouti's president has warned Yemen's civil war and a resurgent Al-Qaeda pose a threat to the Middle East, but pledged continuing support to refugees fleeing the conflict, he told AFP in an interview.
A soldier aims his weapon on rebel targets in the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada.
Demonstrators in Sana'a, Yemen.
Smoke raises from the Defence Ministry's compound after an attack, in Sanaa December 5, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Khaled Abdullah
Taiz province, Yemen
Protesters raising separatist flags in the southern Dhalea governorate.
President Ali Abdallah Saleh and his delegation meet US Secretary of Defence Donald H Rumsfeld and his staff at the Pentagon on June 8, 2004. The two met to discuss defense issues of mutual interest.
Helene C Stikkel / US DoD
Al-Malahem Media -- the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) -- shows Nasser al-Ansi claiming responsibility for the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's offices in Paris
, Al-Malahem Media/AFP
Police officers look at a damaged vehicle at the site of three large explosions, near former President Ali Abdullah Saleh's house which is also within close proximity to the French embassy, in Sanaa. February 3, 2014
With permission by Reuters / Mohamed al-Sayaghi
A Yemeni child at school. Many Yemeni children are malnourished
Street in old town of Aden
Mansur Al-Hadi, President of Yemen since 27 February 2012
Protesters storm the US embassy in Yemen
Unemployment tops 37 percent and is widely seen as driving Yemen’s multiple security crises and instability.