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Saudi Arabia Announces End of Airstrikes on Yemen

'Breaking - Coalition's SP: "End of OpDecisiveStorm doesn't mean ceasefire" ..what did I just tell ya! #Yemen ," tweets @Omeisy

‘Breaking – Coalition's SP: “End of OpDecisiveStorm doesn't mean ceasefire” ..what did I just tell ya! #Yemen ,” tweets @omeisy

Saudi Arabia announced today that it is ending its airstrikes on Yemen after “achieving its military goals.”

This comes after 944 people have been killed and 3,487 injured in fighting in Yemen since Saudi Arabia launched a military campaign against the country on March 26. Backed by its Gulf Arab allies, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan and Saudi Arabia started an airstrike operation, dubbed Decisive Storm, against Houthi fighters who took control of Yemen in January.

Although Operation Decisive Storm airstrikes were intended to bomb military facilities and weapon depots to quell the Houthi rebels supported by ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the strikes have resulted in a lot of death, displacement and destruction across the country. Despite the massive number of strikes over the past month, the Houthi/Saleh brutal aggression has spread to the south and intensified, particularly in Aden, killing many civilians and destroying residential neighbourhoods as well.

Saudi Arabia announced it was now leading Operation Restoring Hope, which aimed at finding a political solution in the country it had just bombed.

Yemeni Nasser Maweri is not mincing his words when it came to his initial reaction to the news:

And Yemeni blogger Noon Arabia says the change of the operation's name is just a marketing gimmick:

The war on Yemen is getting rebranded from Operation Decisive Storm to Operation Restoring Hope. This doesn't mean there will be a ceasefire

In another tweet, she shares the death toll from the war so far:

Journalist Adam Baron, who covers Yemen and has lived there from 2011 to 2014, says it is too early to say what tomorrow brings. He tweets:

And he explains:

Palestinian Lina Alsaafin tweets:

From Bahrain, Abu Omar Al Shafee notes:

Operation Decisive Storm: It started suddenly and ended suddenly

This situation shouldn't confuse anyone, says Ammar Al-Aulaqi:

However, Yemeni netizens are still tweeting about hearing airstrikes in the skies of the capital Sana'a.

Journalist Baron tweets:

Mazen Al-Hebshi says:

And Mohammed Al-Assadi adds:

Will this change in the operation's name bring hope to Yemenis?

Also Read:

Electricity, Food and Fuel Shortages Increase Suffering of Yemenis as Saudi-Coalition Bombs Continue to Fall

‘We Walk Around Death,’ Tweets a Yemeni Blogger About the Horrors of War

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