Scores of civilians killed, wounded in airstrikes across W. Yemen

Published May 4th, 2015 - 10:47 GMT
Saudi Arabia launched an air campaign in Yemen in March, which was also bolstered by light ground troops this week. (AFP/File)
Saudi Arabia launched an air campaign in Yemen in March, which was also bolstered by light ground troops this week. (AFP/File)

Scores of Yemeni civilians have been killed or injured in Saudi airstrikes in the western Yemeni province of Ibb as the Saudi campaign in its neighboring country continues.

According to Yemeni media reports on Monday, the Saudi airstrikes hit the Wadi Bani area and al-Saddah district in the province.

The reports also said at least three residential buildings were targeted in the airstrikes in the village of al-Mesqah in the district of al-Saddah, leading to the killing of several civilians.

The Saudi air assaults also targeted gathering centers of Yemen’s Houthi fighters in al-Saddah.

Late on Sunday, the Saudi jets carried out over thirty raids on the airport of Yemen's southern city of Aden within a few hours.

Saudi Arabia launched its military campaign against Yemen on March 26 - without a UN mandate - in a bid to slow the Houthi offensive and restore power to the country’s embattled president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh. The strikes came in the wake of advances by Yemeni militant forces, backed by Houthi fighters, 

On April 21, Riyadh announced the end of the first phase of its military operation, but airstrikes have continued with Saudi bombers targeting different areas across the country in a new phase.

On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said 1,244 Yemenis lost their lives and 5,044 others were injured from March 19 to April 27. Hundreds of women and children are among the victims, according to the WHO.

Saudi fighter jets also fired three missiles at the airport of Yemen's southern city of Aden in the Yemeni province of Aden. The Saudi warplanes bombarded the provincial districts of Crater and al-Mualla as well.

There have been no reports on the number of casualties or the extent of damage in the Saudi air attacks in the province.

 

[Editor's note: This content has been edited from source material.]

 

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