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Fresh Saudi attacks kill 21 across 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 stand in the rubble of destroyed buildings in the Al-Nahda neighborhood of the capital, Sana’a, following intensified Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on September 6, 2015. (AFP photo)

Saudi Arabia’s relentless bombardment of Yemen has claimed multiple lives as the United Arab Emirates confirms the death of a second soldier in less than two days in clashes with Yemeni forces.

Yemen’s al-Masirah TV said Tuesday that Saudi fighter jets pounded residential buildings in Dhoran Anas district in the central Dhamar Province, killing 15 and injuring a dozen more.

Separately, at least five civilians were killed and 10 others were wounded in an attack targeting Sharas district in the northern Hajjah Province.

Several attacks were also launched on Haydan City in the the northern Sa’ada Province with no immediate details available on possible casualties.

Second UAE soldiers killed

Meanwhile, UAE’s official news agency, WAM, said that the Arab country’s contribution to the Saudi aggression in Yemen has claimed the life of another soldier. The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces said in a short statement that the serviceman was killed during a ground operation in Yemen’s central Ma’rib Province on Tuesday.

This September 5, 2015 photo shows Emiratis burying the body of a soldier who was killed the previous day in Yemen's central province of Ma’rib, at a cemetery in Ajman. (AFP photo)


Clashes in the same area on Monday had killed an Emirati soldier and five Saudi troops. Fighters of the ruling Ansarullah movement and the allied army units have inflicted heavy casualties on foreign troops based in Ma’rib over the past weeks. Dozens of soldiers, most of them from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, have been killed in the clashes while the so-called coalition forces have had their military equipment damaged.

Al-Masirah also on Tuesday, released a video showing the destruction of a number of armored vehicles belonging to Saudi-backed militants and foreign forces in Ma'rib. The footage shows the Saudi-backed forces fleeing after abandoning their vehicles.

Yemeni forces have also launched almost daily attacks on military positions south of Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the kingdom’s brutal air campaign against their country.

Yemeni sources say more than 5,000 people have been killed and more than a million have been displaced since Saudi Arabia launched its aggression against Yemen on March 26. Riyadh says it will continue the bombardment to block the advance of Ansarullah across Yemen while it urges a restoration of power to the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. 

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