New airstrikes by Saudi Arabia against Yemen have killed at least 14 civilians, mostly women and children, local media report.
Yemen’s al-Masira television channel said in a news flash that the fatalities were caused on Monday night when Saudi warplanes bombarded the Maran district in Yemen’s Sa’ada Province.
At least five people were also wounded in the raids.
Meanwhile, counteroffensives by the Yemeni army and allied forces hitting targets within Saudi Arabia have thwarted military attempts by the kingdom to advance inside Yemen, the Yemeni army says.
"Great victories are being achieved by the heroes of the army and Popular Committees within the Saudi territory," Yemen’s army spokesman Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman told Yemen news agency (SABA) on Monday.
He said photos from the scene of clashes showed Saudi forces had suffered high losses.
"Crimes committed by Saudi Arabia against the Yemeni people and the continued and systematic destruction of Yemen’s infrastructure reflect the inability of the aggressors to make any gains on the ground," he added.
On Monday, a military source said the Yemeni army and Houthi fighters had thwarted an attempt by Saudi mercenaries to advance on the al-Omari camp in Ta’izz Province and killed or and injured an unspecified number of them.
They also gained control of the strategic mountain of al-Kola in the Yemeni province of Ma’rib after fierce clashes with mercenaries and Saudi-backed militants, leaving a number of them dead and injured. Yemeni forces also captured five mercenaries, including an Ethiopian national, during the clashes.
Several key hills in Ma’rib were also taken by the Yemeni forces.
More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since Saudi strikes began in Yemen. The Saudi war has also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure.