Saudi Fighter Jets Kill at Least 13 Civilians in Yemen

Saudi Fighter Jets Kill at Least 13 Civilians in Yemen
Sat Sep 12, 2015 13:12:43

At least 13 Yemeni people have been killed and scores of others wounded in Saudi Arabia’s latest airstrikes as Riyadh's unabated aggression against the war-torn country continues.

The Yemeni al-Masirah news channel reported on Friday that at least 10 people were killed and many others sustained injuries when Saudi warplanes targeted a village in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz. The Saudi army also killed three civilians in the central province of Ma’rib and also pounded the Baqim district in the northwestern province of Sa’ada with rockets and shells.

Late on Thursday, Saudi fighter jets dropped bombs on military positions and civilian neighborhoods in and around the Yemeni capital Sana’a.

Reports said that in one of the airstrikes on the capital, the Saudi fighters targeted the Yemeni military camp of al-Hafa. The force of the explosion caused by the airstrike discharged rockets and other weapons from the military camp toward a nearby neighborhood.

Meanwhile, thousands of Yemeni people staged a protesting rally in Sana’a on Friday to denounce a decision by Saudi authorities to prevent thousands of Yemeni pilgrims from performing Hajj this year.

Reports say that more foreign forces are joining the Saudi aggression against the war-torn Yemen. Some 1,000 Qatari military forces, backed by more than 200 armored vehicles and 30 Apache combat helicopters, have so far joined the Saudi forces. Some 6,000 Sudanese soldiers are also expected to join the Saudi ground forces.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that as many as 800 Egyptian soldiers have aarrived in Yemen to aid the Saudi army in its war against Yemen.

Earlier, the Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV had reported that 10,000 foreign troops are operating in Yemen.

On March 26, Saudi Arabia began its aggression against Yemen – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to the country's fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

According to the UN, the conflict has so far left about 4,500 people dead and thousands of others wounded. Local Yemeni sources, however, say the fatality figure is much higher; Press TV reported.

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