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  • Aistrikes in Yemen have displaced tens of thousands of civilians.

    Aistrikes in Yemen have displaced tens of thousands of civilians. | Photo: Reuters

Published 19 April 2015

The announcement comes despite allegations of a deal brokered by former dictator Saleh.

The leader of Yemen's Houthi movement confirmed Sunday that his group will continue to resist the Saudi-led military operation.

“Our Yemeni people will never give in,” Abdelmalik al-Houthi – leader of the movement – said in an television address on the 25th day of the Saudi-led airstrikes.

The announcement comes after former Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh claimed last week that he could broker a deal that would see the Houthis surrender.

The Saudi-led coalition claims it has already destroyed 80 percent of the Houthis' weapons storage facilities. However, reports indicate the Houthis continue to control most of the country and have made advances.

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At least 60 people died Sunday in fierce battles between the Houthis and militias loyal to President Abd Mansour Hadi.

The Houthis are trying to secure control of the city of Aden – a pro-Hadi stronghold – and Ta'az, Yemen's third largest city.

Local reports claim the Saudi airstrikes destroyed a presidential palace in Ta'az Sunday afternoon, and the Iranian Fars news agency reported the airstrikes included toxic gas bombs.

Several media outlets have reported that Yemen is running out of food. The humanitarian crisis has prompted the Saudi kingdom to donate US$ 274 million to help alleviate the situation. However, the delivery of humanitarian aid has not yet begun.

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