Saudi airstrikes kill a dozen women in Taiz

Published November 29th, 2015 - 11:30 GMT

At least 16 Yemeni civilians have been killed in the latest aerial attacks carried out by Saudi warplanes across Yemen.

According to Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network, the Saudi raids on Sunday killed at least 12 women in an area in the southwestern province of Ta'izz while four other civilians died in the aerial attacks on the capital, Sana’a.

The Saudi regime’s warplanes also hit different areas in the Sirwah district of the central province of Ma’rib. Similar air raids pounded the Mustaba district of the southwestern province of Hajjah.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army and its allied forces in retaliatory attacks purportedly fired dozens of shells at sites in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern regions of Asir and Jizan.

Reports also said the army forces targeted two military sites in Jizan, including the Malhama base, with a barrage of rockets, causing casualties.

In a separate development, a Yemeni expatriate was killed after a shell fired over the border from Yemen hit Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s official SPA news agency said on Sunday that the artillery fire struck the border province of Najran on Saturday evening. The report, however, did not release further details about the identity of the slain individual or the exact location of the incident.

Border shelling and skirmishes have taken more than 70 Saudi lives since Saudi Arabia launched its airstrikes against its impoverished neighbor on March 26. The Saudi military strikes have been meant to undermine Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and bring fugitive former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power.

More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since late March. The Saudi strikes have also taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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