Saudi airstrikes kill 22 Indian nationals in Yemen’s Hodeidah port
Saudi warplanes targeting fuel smugglers killed 22 Indian nationals off the coast of Hodeidah. (AFP/File)
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At least 10 people have been killed in a fresh wave of Saudi attacks on the Yemeni capital of Sanaa while nearly two dozen Indian fisherman were killed in air strikes in the west of the impoverished country.
The latest airstrikes on Tuesday targeted several areas in Sanaa, including a police academy and the security services headquarters.
Witnesses said many people were wounded during the attacks, most of them by flying glass when the blasts shattered windows.
An earlier attack hit several houses in the capital, including those of the senior members of the Houthis, leaving at least two children dead and three women injured.
Yemen’s Saba news agency, which is under the control of Houthis, put the death toll from the Tuesday attacks at 15, saying at least 77 were injured in the raids.
Elsewhere in western Yemen, at least five people were killed and 10 others injured when Saudi warplanes targeted trucks carrying fuel and foodstuff in the port city of Mukha in the Taiz province.
Reports said that nearly a dozen people were also killed and some 40 others injured in similar airstrikes on the southwestern province of Ibb.
Yemen’s al-Masirah TV said Saudi warplanes targeted a vessel carrying Indian fishermen off the coast of al-Khukhah in Yemen’s western province of Hodeidah, killing nearly 22 people onboard.
The attacks on Yemen, which are now well in their sixth month, have seen a dramatic rise since Sept. 4, when Houthi forces and allies managed to kill dozens of troops fighting for the Saudi-led coalition against rebels.
Yemenis continued retaliatory attacks with the army and people’s committees firing a barrage of rockets at the Saudi border guard headquarters in Dhahran al-Janub.
A report by al-Masirah said Yemeni forces shelled the positions of Saudi forces inside the kingdom with the latest of them inflicting losses on a police command in the Khobah district of the southern province of Jizan.
Saudi Arabia started its brutal air campaign against Yemen on March 26 in a bid to block the advance of Houthis across Yemen and restore power to the fugitive former President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
According to Yemeni sources, more than 5,000 people have been killed in the attacks over the past few months, while more than a million have been displaced.
This story has been edited from the source material.