Nearly a dozen people have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when Saudi fighter jets carried out airstrikes against a wedding convoy in Yemen’s northwestern mountainous province of Sa’ada as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its atrocious bombardment campaign against its crisis-stricken southern neighbor.
Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that the vehicles were traveling along a road in the Ghaferah area of al-Dhaher district when they were attacked.
The sources added that 11 people were killed and as many others, mostly women and children, injured. The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.
Separately, a woman was killed when Saudi military aircraft struck a residential building in the Haydan district of the same Yemeni province. The aerial raids reportedly caused extensive damage at the area.
Elsewhere in the Hayran district of the northern Yemen’s province of Hajjah, three farmhands lost their lives and two others were injured when an unmanned aerial vehicle struck a farm.
Moreover, Yemeni army troopers, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, fired a domestically-designed and -manufactured short-range ballistic missile at a position of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah, killing and injuring scores of the Saudi mercenaries.
Three other people were also killed in a Saudi airstrike against the western port city of Hudaydah, located 150 kilometers southwest of the capital Sana’a.
Furthermore, Yemeni forces have fired a short-range domestically-manufactured Badr-1 ballistic missile at King Faisal military base in Khamis Mushait city of Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Jizan. There were no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.
The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the Saudi-led war had left 600,000 civilians dead and injured since March 2015.
The United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
A high-ranking UN aid official recently warned against the “catastrophic” living conditions in Yemen, stating that there was a growing risk of famine and cholera there.
“People’s lives have continued unraveling. Conflict has escalated since November, driving an estimated 100,000 people from their homes,” John Ging, UN director of aid operations, told the UN Security Council on February 27.