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Civilians killed in fresh Saudi airstrikes on Yemen

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)
Yemenis search for survivors under the rubble of houses in the UNESCO-listed heritage site in the old city of Yemeni capital Sana'a, on June 12, 2015 following an overnight Saudi airstrike. (AFP photo)

Several civilians are feared to have lost their lives in a new round of airstrikes carried out by Saudi military aircraft against various regions across Yemen.

Yemeni officials said on Thursday that Saudi airstrikes targeted several areas in the northern Sa’ada, Hajjah and Jawf provinces, leaving a trail of destruction and reports of several deaths.

Saudis fighter jets also bombed the city of Ataq and a military base in the southern Shabwah Province.

There were also reports of casualties after Saudi warplanes struck residential areas in Ashraf district in Ma’rib province.

A Yemeni civilian was reportedly killed in an explosion by a Saudi cluster bomb in Razih district of the northwestern Sa’ada Province.

Saudi Arabia continues its relentless bombardment of cities and towns across Yemen on Day 92 of its aggression against its southern neighbor.

Human rights groups have denounced the Riyadh regime for using lethal and internationally banned weapons against Yemen.

On June 18, Saudi warplanes dropped cluster munitions on populated areas in the al-Mazraq district of province of Hajjah, located about 300 kilometers (186 miles) northwest of the capital, Sana'a.

In a report published on May 31, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced that evidence shows Saudi Arabia has been pounding Yemen with internationally banned cluster bombs. The group also warned that such attacks were “harming civilians.”

Also on Thursday, violent clashes continued between members of the Popular Committees, including Ansarullah fighters, and militants in the southern city of Aden. At least four people have been killed in Aden street battles since Wednesday. 

The Riyadh regime has been carrying out airstrikes against Yemen since late March without a UN mandate.

The aerial attacks are meant to weaken the Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstate fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of the Al Saud regime.

According to the United Nations, over 2,600 people have been killed and more than 11,000 others injured in the Saudi airstrikes.

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