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Fresh Saudi airstrikes leave six civilians dead in northwestern Yemen

Yemenis check the site of Saudi airstrikes at the presidential office in the capital Sana’a on May 7, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

At least six civilians have been killed when Saudi military aircraft carried out airstrikes against a residential area in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its atrocious bombardment campaign against its southern neighbor.

Saudi fighter jets conducted aerial assaults against a house in the Majz district of the province on Friday, leaving six people dead and four others injured, an unnamed local source told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network.

Earlier in the day, Yemeni army forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, fired a domestically-designed and -developed ballistic missile at a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Najran in retaliation for the Saudi aggression against their country.

A Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the short-range Badr-1 missile struck Mostahadeth base with great precision.

In this file picture, Yemeni forces prepare to launch a domestically-manufactured Badr-1 ballistic missile at a designated site in Saudi Arabia. (Photo by the media bureau of Yemen’s Joint Operations Command Center)

 The Saudi air force later claimed to have intercepted the ballistic missile.

Colonel Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition engaged in the war on Yemen, said the missile was detected at 00:39 a.m. local time on Friday (2139 GMT Thursday).

On Thursday, Yemeni snipers shot and killed seven Saudi and Sudanese troopers as they launched attacks against their positions in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan region, located approximately 970 kilometers (602 miles) southwest of the capital Riyadh.

This file photo shows a Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah fighter dressed in camouflage, and aiming at a position of Saudi troops in southwestern Saudi Arabia. (Photo by the media bureau of Yemen’s Joint Operations Command Center)

The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the Saudi-led war had left 600,000 civilians dead and injured since March 2015.

The United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.

A high-ranking UN aid official recently warned against the “catastrophic” living conditions in Yemen, stating that there was a growing risk of famine and cholera there.

“People's lives have continued unraveling. Conflict has escalated since November driving an estimated 100,000 people from their homes,” John Ging, UN director of aid operations, told the UN Security Council on February 27.

Ging said cholera had infected 1.1 million people in Yemen since last April, and a new outbreak of diphtheria had occurred in the war-ravaged Arab country since 1982.

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