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Saudi warplanes claim seven civilian lives in Yemeni capital

In this September 22, 2016 photo, a Yemeni man stands amid the rubble of a factory hit by Saudi airstrikes, in Sana’a, Yemen. (Photo by AP)

Saudi Arabia continues to launch airstrikes against its impoverished neighbor, Yemen, killing at least seven civilians in the latest such attacks in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a.

Yemeni media reported on Saturday that Saudi warplanes had bombed the district of Bani al-Harith in Sana’a, leaving seven civilians dead and several others wounded. The airstrikes also destroyed several residential buildings in the district.

Saudi fighter jets also launched more than a dozen airstrikes against the district of Sahar in the Yemeni province of Sa’ada.

On Friday, several Saudi air raids were also reported in the provinces of Hudaydah and Hajjah.

Yemen’s al-Masirah television reported that the Saudi warplanes launched 12 air raids against the Harad district of Hajjah on Friday, adding that cluster bombs were used in four of them.

Also on Friday, the Yemeni army and Popular Committees managed to thwart an attempt by Saudi-backed mercenaries to advance in the Matun district of Yemen’s Jawf Province, killing and injuring an unspecified number of militants.

The Yemeni forces also managed to take control of the strategic mountain of Ham in the northeast of Matun.

In the province of Ta’izz, Houthi Ansarullah fighters also killed two other Saudi-backed mercenaries.

The Yemeni troops also continued to launch attacks against the Saudi positions in retaliation for the non-stop Saudi aggression.

Yemeni forces fired Katyusha rockets at the positions of Saudi mercenaries in the Khadara border crossing in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Najran on Friday.

Yemen’s army snipers also killed a Saudi soldier on the Hamraa hill in Jizan, also in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi war on Yemen began in March 2015 in a bid to reinstate the former Yemeni administration. The war has left at least 11,400 civilians dead, according to a latest tally by a Yemeni monitoring group.

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