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Saudi aerial raids, shelling kill 13 Yemeni civilians

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)
Yemeni men gather around a crater caused by a Saudi airstrike in the capital Sana'a on November 29, 2015. (AFP photo)

Fresh Saudi airstrikes and artillery shelling has left more than a dozen civilians dead across various parts of Yemen, local media reports say.

Yemen's al-Masirah TV reported on Tuesday that at least seven family members lost their lives after Saudi jets bombed a residential area in the Maran district of the northern province of Sa'ada.

According to local news agency al Marsad, at least three people were also killed when Saudi fighters jets attacked a birds care center in the southwestern province of Taiz.

Separately, the Saudi artillery fire struck a house in the Sharijah district of Yemen's southern al-Bayda Province, resulting in the death of three civilians.

Saudi warplanes also pounded Nahdain and some other neighborhoods of the capital, Sana'a.

Saudi jets have struck Taiz International Airport and intensified bombing of civilian targets across the southwestern Hajjah Province and the northern province of Sa'ada.

This AP file photo shows military forces in Najran, Saudi Arabia

In response, the Yemeni army units, backed by fighters from popular committees loyal to the Ansarullah movement, have stepped up their attacks on military bases in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Najran region, inflicting heavy losses on Saudi forces.

Local sources said that more than two dozen Saudi soldiers have been killed over the past 48 hours in retaliatory rocket attacks by Yemeni forces on the positions of the Saudi military along the border regions.  

Yemen has been under constant military attacks by Saudi jet fighters since late March. The Saudi military strikes are aimed at undermining the popular Ansarullah movement, and restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a Saudi ally.

More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since March.

The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

Humanitarian organizations have failed to deliver aid to the affected areas in the war-ravaged country.

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