Saudi American warplanes bombard areas across Yemen
Saudi military aircraft have carried out a new round of attacks against several areas across Yemen as Riyadh presses ahead with an atrocious military campaign against its impoverished neighbor.
On Thursday morning, Saudi fighter jets launched seven airstrikes against the al-Mahjam district in the mountainous and northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada, Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Ahed news website reported.
There were no immediate reports of possible casualties and the extent of damage the assaults may have inflicted.
The development came only hours after Saudi warplanes carried out four aerial attacks on Dam of Ma’rib as well as al-Hilan and adjacent regions in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib. No reports of fatalities were immediately available.
Separately, on Wednesday, at least ten al-Qaeda-linked militants were captured by Yemeni forces as they were advancing toward the al-Jaolah region, which lies northwest of the strategic southern port city of Aden. A number of vehicles belonging to the militants were destroyed, and a considerable amount of military equipment seized.
Yemenis stand amid the ruins of buildings destroyed in a Saudi airstrike in the capital, Sana’a, July 13, 2015. (© AFP)
The humanitarian situation in Yemen has become critical, with many international aid organizations seeking a safe passage into the country to deliver much-needed medical and humanitarian supplies to the country.
More than four months of Saudi airstrikes have caused severe shortages in basic necessities, and nine million people remain in dire need of immediate assistance across Yemen.
On March 26, Saudi Arabia began its military aggression against Yemen – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, an ally of Riyadh.
Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesman for the World Health Organization, said on Tuesday, that 1,859 civilians were among the total of 3,984 people killed in Yemen until July 19. Local Yemeni sources, however, put the fatality figure at much higher.