At Least 15 Civilians Killed in Saudi Arabia Airstrikes across Yemen

At Least 15 Civilians Killed in Saudi Arabia Airstrikes across Yemen
Fri Mar 25, 2016 16:53:54

At least 15 people were killed Friday in another round of airstrikes carried out by Saudi warplanes across Yemen, local media say.

Yemen’s al-Masirah television said one woman was killed and her two children sustained injuries when Saudi jets bombed a house in Bani Suraim District of the northwestern province of Amran.

At least 14 people were also killed in similar strikes on a residential area in Jabal Habashi region of the southwestern province of Ta'izz.

Saudi warplanes also pounded the Masloub district of the northern province of Jawf. There was no immediate report on casualties.

Saudi Arabia continues to bomb Yemen causing more death and destruction to its impoverished neighboring Arab state.

On March 15, Saudi warplanes bombed a crowded market in the province of Hajjah. The strike killed 119 people, including 22 children, drawing international condemnation. The UN children’s agency strongly condemned the deadly airstrike.

Riyadh has been under fire from international organizations and rights groups over the rising number of civilian casualties in Yemen.

On March 22, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called on the United States, Britain and France - the largest arms suppliers to the regime in Riyadh - to stop arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia.

Amnesty says the arms exports to Riyadh have contributed to the Saudi crimes against Yemeni civilians and have given rise to a humanitarian crisis in the Arab world’s most impoverished nation. Human Rights Watch also urged Washington, London and Paris in a statement to suspend all the weapons sales until Riyadh begins to “curtail its abuses.”

UN sanctions monitors said earlier this year that civilians have been targeted in the Saudi airstrikes and some of the attacks may have been crimes against humanity. The UN has already warned of a "human catastrophe unfolding in Yemen."

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein recently said Saudi Arabia and its allies may be committing crimes against humanity due to their indiscriminate killing of civilians in Yemen.

In an apparent bid to divert mounting criticism of the military aggression, General Ahmed al-Asiri, a Saudi military spokesman, said last week that Riyadh will scale down combat sorties in Yemen. However, Asiri said the kingdom will continue to provide air support to Yemen’s former regime loyalists battling Houthi Ansarullah fighters and allied army units on the ground.

More than 8,500 people, among them over 2,000 children, have been killed since the onset of the Saudi aggression on March 26, 2015.

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