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Saudi warplanes pound civilian targets in NW Yemen

People gather at the site of a Saudi airstrike in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a, July 20, 2015. (© AFP)

Saudi warplanes have carried out attacks against civilian targets in the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada.

According to reports on Thursday, Saudi assaults targeted a girls’ school and several residential blocks in the town of Zahyan in Sa’ada.

Saudi warplanes also pounded the Baqim and Kitaf regions in Sa’ada, the reports added.

No information has yet been released on the possible casualties of the latest raids.

Riyadh is pushing ahead with its military campaign against the Yemeni people despite the fact that the civilian death toll is increasing on a daily basis as a result of unabated Saudi airstrikes.

Yemeni men stand amid the ruins of buildings destroyed in a Saudi airstrike on the capital city of Sana’a on July 16, 2015. (© AFP)


The attacks came a day after eight people lost their lives and several others were injured following Saudi attacks on Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah.

In a separate development, Yemen's Ansarullah fighters and popular committees have reportedly killed dozens of al-Qaeda terrorists in the provinces of Lahij and Aden. Two al-Qaeda leaders were among the casualties. The Ansarullah and its allies have been gaining ground against forces loyal to the country’s fugitive former president and al-Qaeda militants over the past few months. 

Meanwhile, a Saudi Arabian soldier has been killed in shelling on the border with Yemen, the military said late Wednesday, noting, "He was hit by a projectile in the sector of Jazan."

Also, Saudi jet fighters shelled military bases in the country's southwestern Jizan border region after failing to recapture them from the Yemenis.

The Saudi aggression against Yemen started on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine Yemen's Ansarullah movement and restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

According to the United Nations, the war on Yemen has killed some 4,000 people, nearly half of them civilians, since late March.

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