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New Saudi airstrikes kill 15 Yemeni civilians, injure 20

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Late on Monday, Saudi warplanes carried out two aerial assault against a residential neighborhood in the Harad district of the province, located approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of the capital, Sana’a, leaving fifteen civilians dead and 20 others injured.

Saudi military aircraft also pounded several areas in the al-Sharija district of the southwestern province of Ta’izz, though there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Saudi jets also struck the Khayran al-Muharraq district in Hajjah Province as well as Haidan district in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada on Monday. There were no immediate reports of possible casualties and the extent of damage inflicted.

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Separately, in retaliatory attacks, Yemeni army soldiers backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees targeted a military camp housing Saudi troopers in the al-Karsh district of the same province, destroying two military vehicles.

Moreover, Yemeni soldiers and fighters from Popular Committees fired dozens of rockets at two Saudi military bases in the Zabnah district of Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Najran, with no casualties reported.

Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March. The Saudi military strikes were launched to supposedly undermine the Ansarullah movement and bring fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power.

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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.

There have been increased warnings that the aggression could strengthen the grip of terror groups across Yemen. Ansarullah fighters have been involved in battles with such groups.

Meanwhile, a ceasefire to halt nine months of Saudi aggression against its impoverished southern neighbor Yemen will take hold at noon local time (0900 GMT) on Tuesday, according to a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Date:December 15, 2015

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