At least eight people have been killed as Saudi jets target a residential building in Yemen’s Taizz province as the airstrikes on the impoverished country enter the 18th day.
The exact number of casualties from the early Sunday raid was not immediately available but Arabic media sources said that rescue teams have recovered eight bodies from debris following the airstrikes in ad-Dahirah, a town in the southwestern Taizz province.
On Saturday, the commander of Yemen’s Second Infantry Mountain Brigade, Brigade General Khaled al-Khatib, loyal to the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, was killed at a checkpoint in the southern town of Azzan in Shabwah province following a firefight between his guards and popular committees.
Earlier on Saturday, Saudi bombers targeted two populated marketplaces in Sa’ada, killing at least two civilians and inflicting damage on the city’s infrastructure.
There were also unconfirmed reports of at least three fatalities in Amran, a city south of Sa’ada, where Saudis launched a massive raid.
Other areas across Yemen came under similar attacks, with warplanes targeting al-Dailami airbase near the capital Sana’a.
At least three people were killed in another aerial attack in the capital while 14 other people were injured in an airstrike on a football stadium.
Hundreds of civilians, including women and children, have been killed in the Saudi airborne attacks against Yemen.
Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against Yemen started on March 26 without a UN mandate in a bid to restore power to Yemen’s former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
On March 25, the fugitive president fled Aden, where he had sought to set up a rival power base, to Riyadh after Ansarullah revolutionaries advanced on the port.