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Saudi Arabia launches fresh airstrikes on Yemen


Saudi Arabia has reportedly conducted fresh aerial attacks on Yemen, blitzing several areas across the impoverished country including the capital, Sana’a.

According to media reports on Friday, Saudi warplanes targeted the capital city, killing at least 23 people including nine women and two children.

Saudi fighter jets also bombarded the city of Haradh in the northern province of Hajjah near the border with Saudi Arabia.

In another act of aggression, Saudi warplanes carried out six airstrikes on the Jidan district in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib.

Reports also said three civilian vehicles were targeted in such attacks in the Hazm district of the northwestern province of al-Jawf.

There has been no immediate precise report on the number of casualties and material damage from the Saudi airstrikes in the three provinces of Hajjah, Ma’rib and al-Jawf.

A Yemeni man sits on the rubble as people search for survivors in houses destroyed by an overnight Saudi airstrike on a residential area in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, May 1, 2015. ©AFP 

On Friday, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said 1,244 Yemenis had lost their lives and 5,044 others had been injured from March 19 to April 27. Hundreds of women and children are among those killed, according to the WHO.

Earlier in the day, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned of a dire shortage of fuel in Yemen, saying it may stop relief operations completely.

Riyadh launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a United Nations mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to the country’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.

Hadi fled to Riyadh on March 25 when Houthis bore down on the strategic port city of Aden after taking control of the Yemeni capital last September.

On April 21, Riyadh announced the end of the first phase of its unlawful military operations, but airstrikes have continued with Saudi bombers targeting different areas across the country in a new phase.

There has been a crippling blockade on Yemen during the ongoing Saudi Arabian aggression, with airports being closed to civilian traffic and naval shipments experiencing numerous delays.

Date:May 1, 2015

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