Yemeni beekeepers killed by Saudi coalition airstrikes

Published September 10th, 2015 - 10:38 GMT

Several Yemeni civilians, including beekeepers, have become the latest victims of the relentless deadly Saudi airstrikes in the country.

Saudi warplanes late on Wednesday pounded the central town Bayhan, on the border between Shabwa and Marib provinces, hitting a honey farm and killing six beekeepers and two other civilians, reports said on Thursday. 

Other reports said that Saudi airstrikes bombarded a number of residential areas in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, overnight.

No casualties were immediately reported.

Officials said the attacks forced the evacuation of hospitals nearby.

"The sick people fled the hospital in terror," an unnamed hospital official said. "They were afraid the building would collapse from the non-stop bombing of the army bases nearby."

On Wednesday, the capital witnessed the heaviest attacks in recent weeks, with at one point more than 20 attacks being carried out in less than half an hour.

Earlier in the day, Yemeni media sources said 26 people had been killed in Saudi airstrikes which left tens of others wounded in Taizz Province.

Saudi warplanes also hit multiple positions in the provinces of Hajjah, Ma’rib, and Sa’ada.

According to the United Nations, the conflict has so far left about 4,500 people dead and thousands of others wounded. Local Yemeni sources, however, say the fatality figure is much higher.

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