At least four civilians have been killed after Saudi military aircraft carried out a new round of attacks on the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada, local media reports say.
The latest fatalities were caused after Saudi fighter jets bombed a residential area in Yemen’s Azd mountainous region in the province, the Arabic TV channel, al-Masirah, reported on Friday.
At least five civilians were also injured in the latest deadly aerial attacks.
Saudi Arabia’s warplanes keep pounding several regions across Yemen despite a self-declared ceasefire in its deadly military campaign against the war-torn impoverished Arab country.
The five-day Saudi-proposed truce came into effect on Sunday, but Riyadh has conducted numerous airstrikes in violation of the truce.
Also on Thursday, several civilians were feared to have lost their lives after Saudi fighter jets bombarded the Harad district in the northwestern province of Hajja and a government building in the southwestern province of Ad Dali’. Saudi warplanes also launched airstrikes on several regions in the central province of Ma’rib.
Saudi Arabia has intensified its aerial attacks on Yemen as international organizations voice concern about the worsening humanitarian situation in the country.
On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch censured the Saudi regime for committing an “apparent war crime.” The New York-based rights group said the “failure of Saudi Arabia … to investigate apparently unlawful air strikes in Yemen demonstrates the need for the United Nations Human Rights Council to create a commission of inquiry.”
More than four months of Saudi airstrikes have caused severe shortages in basic necessities and some 80 percent of the country’s population remain in dire need of immediate assistance.
Many international aid organizations are seeking a safe passage into Yemen to send much-needed medical and humanitarian supplies to the country.
According to local sources, Saudi Arabia’s onslaught has so far claimed nearly 5,000 lives, mostly civilians, and displaced more than a million people internally.
The Al Saud regime launched its military aggression against Yemen – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, an ally of Riyadh.