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Incessant Saudi airstrikes kill 11 in Yemen

19 August 2016 18:42

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Nearly a dozen civilians, including two children, have been killed and several others injured when Saudi military aircraft mounted a raft of fresh airstrikes on various residential areas in crisis-plagued Yemen.

A civilian, identified as Abdullah al-Sharif, lost his life along his two children as Saudi fighters struck their house in the al-Matammah district of the northern Yemeni province of al-Jawf on Friday afternoon, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.

Saudi warplanes also pounded an outdoor market in the province’s Khabb wa ash Sha’af district, leaving at least two people dead and nine others injured. Local sources said the number of casualties would further rise due to the extent of the damage caused.

Elsewhere in Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah, four people were killed and a number of others injured when Saudi jets hit al-Khoukha district.

Furthermore, Saudi warplanes targeted a vehicle traveling along a road in Baqim district of the northern mountainous province of Sa’ada, killing the two occupants of the car.


Armed Yemeni tribesmen, loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement, brandish their weapons at a gathering in the capital Sana’a to mobilize more fighters to battlefronts to fight Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to the resigned Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, on June 20, 2016. ©AFP

 

Earlier in the day, Yemeni soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, launched a number of artillery rounds at the Nahouqah military camp in Saudi Arabia’s southern border region of Najran. There were no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damage inflicted.

A Saudi military vehicle was also destroyed east of al-Rabouah city in Asir region when Yemeni forces fired an anti-armor guided missile.

Yemen has seen almost daily military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March 2015, with internal sources putting the toll from the bloody aggression at about 10,000. The offensive was launched to crush the Houthi Ansarullah movement and their allies and restore power to the resigned Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The Houthi fighters took state matters into their own hands after the resignation and escape of Hadi, which threw Yemen into a state of uncertainty and threatened a total security breakdown in the country, where an al-Qaeda affiliate is present.

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