At least four civilians, including women and children, have been killed and several others wounded when Saudi fighter jets conducted multiple airstrikes against residential areas in Yemen’s Ta’izz and Sa’ada provinces as Saudi Arabia continues with its atrocious bombardment campaign against its southern neighbor.
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network, citing its correspondence in the area, reported on Tuesday that the four lost their lives after Saudi warplanes hit a house in Dabwan area of Khadir city in the southwestern province of Ta’izz.
The airstrike also inflicted injuries on at least three other inhabitants of the residential building, the report further said, adding that at least 15 members of a family lost their lives after a Saudi airstrike hit their house in the same area a day earlier.
Separately, Saudi artillery and rocket fire hit different localities of Shada border district in the northern province of Sa’ada, wounding at least a woman. Furthermore, multiple areas of Razeh border district in Sa’ada were pounded by Saudi artillery and rocket fire, the possible casualties of which have not been reported yet.
The Saudi campaign was launched in March 2015 in support of Yemen’s former Riyadh-friendly government and against the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective administration. The offensive has, however, achieved neither of its goals despite the spending of billions of petrodollars and the enlisting of Saudi Arabia’s regional and Western allies.
The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the Saudi-led war had left 600,000 civilians dead and injured during the past three years.
The United Nations says a record 22.2 million people are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. A high-ranking UN aid official recently warned against the “catastrophic” living conditions in Yemen, stating that there was a growing risk of famine and cholera there.