Latest Saudi airstrikes in Yemen kill and injure dozens

Published December 29th, 2015 - 02:30 GMT

Dozens of civilians have been killed and several others injured in the latest Saudi airstrikes across Yemen, according to Yemeni television. 

Saudi warplanes attacked the al-Safra district of Yemen’s Saada province on Tuesday morning, killing five people and injuring scores of others, al-Masirah television reported.

The report said Saudi military aircraft dropped cluster bombs on villages and residential areas elsewhere in the province, leaving scores of people dead or injured.

Seven people also died and a number of others were injured in airstrikes in the Mount al-Dhin region of Yemen’s northwestern province of Amran.

Moreover, four civilians were injured after Saudi airstrikes in the western Yemeni province of al-Hudaydah. Two of the injured are reportedly in critical condition.

Fighters from the Iran-backed Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile at an oil facility run by the state-owned Aramco petroleum and natural gas company in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border province of Jizan. The Saudi military said it had intercepted a projectile.

Saudi Arabia has led an international military operation in Yemen since March, after the Houthis loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh overran large areas of the country. 

More than 6,200 people have been killed, with high civilian casualties. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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