Two civilians killed in Saudi airstrikes on Yemen’s al-Bayda
At least two Yemeni civilians have been killed in Saudi airstrikes on residential areas in the southern Yemeni province of al-Bayda.
According to Yemeni media outlets, at least six others including several women sustained injuries in the deadly airstrikes in the district of al-Zahir in the province on Sunday.
Reports added that the airstrikes targeted the house of a senior official belonging to the Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters. There has been no more information on the fate of this unnamed official.
Saudi warplanes have also pounded positions in the capital, Sana’a. The residence of former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was targeted twice in the latest airstrikes. The Riyadh regime claims that Saleh is an ally of Yemen’s Houthi movement.
A boy sits as Yemenis wait to fill jerrycans with water from a public tap amid an acute shortage of water supply to houses in the capital Sana’a, on May 9, 2015. ©AFP
Saudi Arabia started 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 Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.
The Saudi military campaign has reportedly claimed the lives of over 1,200 people so far and injured thousands of others. Hundreds of women and children are among the victims, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
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.
Earlier this week, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and medical charity group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), known in English as Doctors Without Borders, expressed “extreme” concern about the Saudi airstrikes on Yemen’s lifelines and its obstruction of aid deliveries to the impoverished nation.