Dozens of people were killed Sunday in air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition targeting Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The assault came just a week ahead of a United Nations-backed conference to end the months-long conflict, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
The strikes hit an army complex controlled by Houthi rebels in the capital Sana, killing 44 and injuring 136, according to a spokesman for the Houthi-run health ministry.
It was one of the deadliest single attacks since the Saudi-led strikes began on March 26.
The strikes aim to beat back the Iran-backed Houthis after they took over Yemen’s government in February.
The country’s internationally recognized president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, fled to the Saudi capital Riyadh in March amid the Houthi advance.
Fighting has intensified over the weekend.
Saudi Arabia shot down a Scud missile as Houthi rebels attacked several points across the border in southern Saudi Arabia, Riyadh’s state news agency said.
Meanwhile, strikes focusing on the Yemeni border provinces of Hajjah and Saada killed 38 people, the Houthi-run Saba news agency said Saturday.
UN-mediated peace talks, the first significant internationally backed attempt to resolve the conflict, are scheduled to begin June 14 in Geneva.
Both the Houthis and Yemen’s exiled government have agreed to take part.
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