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Eight civilians killed in fresh Saudi strikes in Yemen amid so-called truce

24 December 2015 10:22



At least eight Yemeni civilians have lost their lives when Saudi warplanes launched a string of airstrikes against various areas across the country.

Saudi jets attacked a popular market in the port city of Mokha on Wednesday evening, leaving four people dead and eleven others injured, the al-Yawm daily newspaper reported.

Yemeni army troops retaliated by firing an OTR-21 Tochka missile at the strategic al-Anad Air Base housing Saudi-led forces in Yemen’s Lahij province. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Yemen’s army spokesman Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman said the missile was launched following a tip-off that pro-Saudi troops inside the base were planning an attack on Ta’izz.


Yemeni tribesmen attend a gathering in support of the Houthi Ansarullah movement in Sana’a, on December 14, 2015. (© AP)

Yemeni forces also launched a number of OTR-21 Tochka missiles at Saudi military positions in Yemen’s Jawf province.

On Wednesday, leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement Abdul-Malik al-Houthi lashed out Saudi Arabia, saying the kingdom’s policies are the same as those of the US and Israel, “which seek to crush the Muslim Ummah without paying any price.”

“Saudis, the Emiratis and others are the pawns that are serving the interests of the United States and Israel,” Houthi said.

Yemeni demonstrators protest outside the UN office in Sana’a on October 18, 2015, against ongoing Saudi military operations and airstrikes. (© AFP)  

Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March. More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since March.

The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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