Yemen: Airstrikes kill 18 in Taiz and al-Jawf

Published June 15th, 2015 - 08:12 GMT

The death toll from the latest Saudi airstrikes on Yemen’s provinces of al-Jawf and Taiz has risen to 35.

According to official figures, Sunday's attacks killed 18 people and wounded dozens more in al-Hazm, the capital of the northern province of al-Jawf.

Saudi warplanes also targeted residential areas south of the Yemeni southwestern province of Taiz, killing 17 people, including five women.

The deadly attacks were carried out after Yemen's Houthi fighters, backed by allied armed forces, managed to cleanse al-Hazm city of al-Qaeda militants.

Reports say Houthi militants have regained control of all military bases and governmental offices in al-Hazm.

Saudi fighter jets also bombarded the mountainous Faj Attan region in the capital, Sana’a, as well as the customs office of Harad city in the northwestern province of Hajjah.

Saudi Arabia started its military campaign against its impoverished neighbor on March 26 – without a UN mandate- in an attempt to undermine the Houthi revolutionaries and bring Riyadh’s staunch ally, fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, back to power.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says nearly 2,600 people have been killed and thousands more injured due to the conflict in Yemen since March 19.

Riyadh says its airstrikes targets the positions of Houthi fighters while civilians make up most of the casualties.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material


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