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Fresh Saudi airstrike against Yemen leaves nine civilians dead

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 gather at the site of Saudi airstrikes in the western port city of Hudaydah late on September 21, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

At least nine civilians, including women and children, have lost their lives when Saudi military aircraft launched an airstrike against a civilian area in Yemen’s mountainous northwestern province of Sa’ada.

An informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Saudi fighter jets bombarded a residential building in the Razih district of the province early on Thursday, leaving nine people dead.

Another six civilians sustained injuries in the attack, the Arabic-language al-Masirah television reported.

Later in the day, Saudi aircraft pounded al-Hadab village in the Sirwah district of Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib, though no reports about casualties and the extent of damage caused were available. 

The aerial assault came shortly after Saudi warplanes struck Souq al-Hanoud area in the al-Hawak district of Yemen’s western and coastal province of Hudaydah late on Wednesday.

At least 32 civilians were killed and scores more injured in the attack.

Yemenis inspect the rubble of a school destroyed by a Saudi airstrike on the outskirt of the northwestern province of Sa’ada on September 14, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Also on Wednesday, a US unmanned aerial vehicle hit the Wadi Abida district of Ma’rib Province.

An unnamed security official said the attack killed two suspected al-Qaeda militants, and triggered a large explosion when munitions the pair were transporting detonated.

The al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has taken advantage of the chaos and breakdown of security in Yemen to tighten its grip on the southern and southeastern parts of the crisis-hit country.

The drone attacks in Yemen have continued alongside the Saudi military aggression against the Arab country.

The air raids came as the US Senate has overwhelmingly voted against a bill to block a huge American arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

The bill would have halted a 1.15-billion-dollar sale of hundreds of US-made tank structures, machine guns, grenade launchers and armored vehicle structures, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition, to the Riyadh regime.

Yemenis stand near a crater on the ground following a Saudi airstrike in Sana’a on September 4, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015, with the UN putting the death toll from the military aggression at about 10,000. The offensive was launched to reinstate Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Saudi ally who has resigned as Yemen’s president.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said last month that the death toll from the Saudi military aggression could rise even further as some areas had no medical facilities, and that people were often buried without any official record being made.

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