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Saudi air strikes follow cross-border attack from Yemeni fighters

Sarfraz Ali 05:38 PM | 6 May, 2015
Saudi air strikes follow cross-border attack from Yemeni fighters
ADEN (Web Desk) - A Saudi-led coalition has reportedly carried out more than 30 air strikes in north-western Yemen, after Houthi rebels shelled a Saudi border town.

Rebel sources told the Reuters news agency that at least 43 civilians were killed and 100 wounded in air raids in Saada and Hajjah provinces.

The coalition had vowed to respond to Tuesday's cross-border attack on Najran, which left three people dead.

Meanwhile, 22 aid agencies warned that fuel shortages could halt their work.

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The lack of fuel has meant entire communities have no access to clean water, while medical facilities have been forced to close or are unable to provide even basic services.

"Millions of lives are at risk, in particular children, and soon we will not be able to respond," said Edward Santiago, country director for Save the Children.

The fuel shortages are also hindering food deliveries in a country where about 20 million people, or 80% of the population, are estimated to be going hungry.

The agencies dismissed the coalition's plans for "humanitarian pauses" to allow aid deliveries, instead calling for an immediate and permanent end to the conflict.

On Tuesday afternoon, rebel fighters fired mortars and Katyusha rockets at Najran, a town about 36km (2 miles) from the Yemeni border.

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Saudi officials said the projectiles struck a girls' school and a hospital, killing three people and wounding 37 others.

Coalition spokesman Saudi Brig-Gen Ahmed al-Asseri said the attack would not go unpunished. "Such acts are expected and we will keep answering them with resolve," he was quoted as saying by the Wall Street Journal.

Within hours aircraft began bombing targets in the Houthis' northern heartland.

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Rebels told Reuters that the strikes in Saada and Hajjah provinces had left a total of 43 civilians dead, while local sources told the rebel-controlled state news agency, Saba, that the strikes had killed 27 people in the city of Saada and seven others in nearby Kitaf district.

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Saba also reported that nine people had been killed in a raid on a police academy in the central province of Dhamar.

The casualty figures could not be independently verified, but the UN said on Tuesday that at least 646 civilians had been killed across Yemen since the coalition air campaign began on 26 March.

The 10-nation coalition has said it is seeking to restore Yemen's President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

He fled the country at the end of March after rebel forces and allied army units loyal to ousted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh attacked the southern city of Aden.

Mr Hadi had taken refuge there the previous month after the Houthis consolidated their control of the capital, Sanaa.

On Tuesday, the Saudi-dominated Gulf Co-operation Council welcomed a decision by Mr Hadi to host a meeting of Yemeni political factions in Riyadh later this month in an effort to resolve the crisis in the country. However, the Houthis have rejected attending talks in Saudi Arabia and want a neutral venue.

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

Sarfraz Ali is working as Editor Web for Daily Pakistan. He earned a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from IUB and diploma in International Print Journalism from Thomson Foundation UK. He regularly writes on ...

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 5, 2023 (Sunday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 280.9 284.25
Euro EUR 299 302
UK Pound Sterling GBP 335 338
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 192 194
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.72
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,300 on Sunday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,010.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Karachi PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Islamabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Peshawar PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Quetta PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Sialkot PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Attock PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Gujranwala PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Jehlum PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Multan PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Bahawalpur PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Gujrat PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Nawabshah PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Chakwal PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Hyderabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Nowshehra PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Sargodha PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Faisalabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Mirpur PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360

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