Saudi airstrike kills 21 civilians in Yemen

Published July 19th, 2016 - 02:00 GMT
Yemenis stand at the site of a Saudi airstrike against Houthi rebels near Sanaa Airport last year, which killed at least 13 people. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
Yemenis stand at the site of a Saudi airstrike against Houthi rebels near Sanaa Airport last year, which killed at least 13 people. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

Nearly two dozen civilians have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries in a string of Saudi aerial attacks against several areas across conflict-stricken Yemen.

At least one civilian was killed and another injured on Tuesday, when Saudi warplanes struck two oil tankers parked at a crossing in the al-Salif district of the western Yemeni province of Hudaydah, al-Masirah television network reported.

Saudi fighter jets also bombardedsau al-Maslub district in Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf as well as al-Mukha and al-Wazi’iyah districts in the southwestern province of Ta’izz.

There were, however, no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damage caused.

The developments came only a day after 20 people were killed and 16 others injured in a Saudi airstrike against the Jabal al-Naar mountainous area in Mukha district.

Yemen has been under airstrikes by Saudi Arabia since March 26, 2015. The Saudi war was launched in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has resigned as Yemen’s president but seeks to forcefully return to power.

The Houthi Ansarullah fighters took over state matters after Hadi’s resignation and his escape from the capital, Sana’a.


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