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Death toll in Yemen's Jawf, Ta'izz strikes rises to 35

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The picture dated June 12, 2015, shows Yemenis searching for survivors under the rubble of houses in the UNESCO-listed heritage site in the old city of Yemeni capital Sana’a following an overnight Saudi airstrike. (© AFP)

The death toll from the latest Saudi airstrikes on Yemen’s provinces of al-Jawf and Ta'izz 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 Ta'izz, killing 17 people, including five women.

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

Reports say Yemeni forces 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.

According to Yemeni sources, the Saudi military aggression has so far left nearly 4,300 people dead. However, 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 target the positions of Houthi Ansarullah movement while civilians make up most of the casualties.

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