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Saudi warplanes bomb Yemen industrial complex

7 January 2016 18:33

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Saudi warplanes have bombed an industrial complex in the western Yemeni port city of Hudaydah, causing extensive damage to a soft drinks factory.

The soft drinks factory on Thursday caught fire and some installations were reduced to rubble following the airstrikes on the complex in Hudaydah.

Yemeni sources said that it took firefighters several hours to bring the blaze under control at the complex.

A worker slammed the Saudi regime for destroying Yemen’s economy by bombarding civilian targets and infrastructure across the impoverished country.

“We have nothing to do with this. We are private sector, we are workers, we are peaceful people. People work in the private sector and we invest and the Saudis come from on top and strike us. They come here from Saudi to destroy the Yemeni economy. There will be nothing beautiful left in this country from the air strikes,” he said.

Meanwhile, Saudi warplanes were reported to have carried out sporadic attacks across the country.

Local residents in the capital, Sana’a described Thursday’s attacks as the heaviest aerial attacks there in more than nine months of aggression.

This as Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said that Saudi Arabia have used cluster bombs during recent attacks to kill civilians in Yemen, stressing that it amounts to “war crime.”

It called on the UN Human Rights Council to create an independent inquiry into alleged violations of conventions on war by Saudi regime.

Saudi Arabia started the military attacks in late March 2015 in a bid to undermine Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and bring back to power the country’s former fugitive president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is strongly aligned with Riyadh.

More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since the strikes began. The Saudi war has also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure.

Yemenis have, meanwhile, been carrying out retaliatory attacks against Saudi forces deployed in the country as well as targets inside the kingdom.

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