SANAA, Yemen, Airstrikes began anew in Yemen shortly after a 72-hour ceasefire expired. No casualties have been reported so far from the bombings, which rocked the rebel-held capital of Sanaa.
The airstrikes targeted military rebel facilities in the northern and eastern parts of the city, Sky News reported.
The bombings began again despite pleas for an extension from the U.N. envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
Neither the Saudi Arabia-backed Yemeni government nor the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels showed any signs of wanting to extend the truce, repeatedly accusing each other of violating the ceasefire that went in to effect at midnight Wednesday. It was just the latest in a series of ceasefires that eventually failed in the impoverished nation.
The war has been going on for two years now, with Yemen dealing with a power struggle between Saudi-backed President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the rebels.
The battles have been escalating since March 2015 when Sunni and Saudi partner countries began the airstrikes on the mostly Shiite rebels in Yemen.
The conflict rose out of Saudi fears that the rebels will give its regional rival, Shiite Iran, an entrance way to the Arabian Peninsula.
By Yvette C. Hammett