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Saudi airstrikes claim eight lives in 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)
Smoke billows behind a building following an airstrike by Saudi Arabia in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, on January 22, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

At least eight civilians, including two women, have lost their lives as Saudi fighter jets bombed the Yemeni provinces of Sa’ada and Hudaydah.

According to Yemen’s al-Masirah television, two Saudi air raids hit two cars in the district of Maran in Sa’ada on Monday, killing seven people, including a woman.

Initial reports had put the death toll at three people.

Also on Monday, Saudi warplanes pounded a residential building in the area of al-Sayaliyah in eastern Hudaydah, leaving a woman dead.

Local media reported that the Saudi jets bombed the Hudaydah international airport and a salt manufacturing plant among other sites in the province.

Saudi Arabia has been engaged in the deadly campaign against Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to bring back Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, to power and undermine the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.

The Saudi war has so far claimed the lives of at least 11,400 Yemenis, and taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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