Saudi fighter jets bomb international airport in Yemen capital
Saudi military aircraft have carried out fresh airstrikes across Yemen as Riyadh pushes ahead with its military campaign against the neighboring Arab nation, local media say.
On Saturday, Saudi warplanes violently struck the runway of the international airport in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, as part of attempts to block the entry of basic commodities and foodstuff into Yemen irrespective of the impending humanitarian catastrophe there, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.
There were no immediate reports on the possible casualties as well as the extent of the damage inflicted.
Saudi jets also launched five aerial assaults against the al-Dulaimi military airbase, which shares the runway with the civil airport in the Yemeni capital. However, there were no reports of any casualties.
Yemenis search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by an overnight Saudi airstrike on a residential area in the capital, Sana’a, on May 1, 2015. © AFP
Separately, at least twenty people sustained injuries when Saudi warplanes fired a number of missiles into residential buildings in As Saddah district of Yemen’s southwestern Ibb Province.
Saudi jets also hit a residential area in al-Haidan district of the northwestern province of Sa’ada. Casualties are feared as some houses were leveled to the ground.
Saudi military aircraft also conducted seven airstrikes against Dhahyan district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.
Yemenis gather around a crater left following a Saudi airstrike in the capital Sana’a on May 2, 2015. © AFP
Additionally, Saudi warplanes bombarded the al-Anad air base near the southern city of al-Houta in Lahij province. There is still no word on possible casualties and damage.
The fresh wave of Saudi bombardment comes a day after United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spokesman Christophe Boulierac warned against import limitations on Yemen, saying, “If restrictions on the commercial imports of food and fuel continue, then it will kill more children than bullets and bombs in the coming months.”
He also voiced alarm over a severe fuel shortage in the country, saying, “Fuel may run out in less than a week in Yemen.”
Boulierac further noted that 120,000 Yemeni children are at the risk of severe acute malnutrition over the next three months in case health and hygiene services fail to function normally, and an immunization campaign aiming to protect millions of children against communicable diseases does not get underway.
A Yemeni boy sits on the rubble of houses destroyed by an overnight Saudi airstrike on a residential area in the capital, Sana’a, on May 1, 2015. © AFP
Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.
The Al Saud regime has imposed a blockade on the delivery of relief supplies to the war-stricken people of Yemen in defiance of calls by international aid groups.
The Saudi attacks have so far claimed the lives of over 1,200 people, including many women and children, and injured several thousand more.