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Saudi-led coalition continues to use banned munitions in Yemen: Military official

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)
In this file picture, two BLU-108 canisters, one with two skeet (submunitions) still attached, is seen in the al-Amar area of al-Safra in Sa’ada province, northern Yemen, after an attack.

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces says the Saudi-led military coalition continues to use internationally-banned weapons, particularly cluster bombs, in its aerial bombardment of residential neighborhoods in Yemen despite a global outcry against the use of such munitions by Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital city of Sana’a on Monday, Brigadier General Yahya Saree stated that the Saudi-led military alliance has carried out 350 air raids across Yemen, notably in the mountainous northwestern province of Sa’ada and the western coastal province of Hudaydah, over the past ten days.

Spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree (file photo)

He added that the assaults have resulted in the death and injury of dozens of civilians, and destroyed a number of houses – especially in the province of Hudaydah.

Saree further noted that the Saudi-led airstrikes have focused on the eastern and southern neighborhoods of Hudaydah city, causing considerable damage to factories and warehouses.

The senior Yemeni military official went on to say that the Saudi Arabia and its allies continue to target citizens with cluster bombs and internationally-banned arms in the northern province of Sa’ada and Hajjah, leaving 1,124 people dead and 1,665 others wounded.

Saree pointed out that most of the victims are children, and that most of the cluster bombs are made in American.

He said Yemeni army soldiers and allied fighters from Popular Committees have managed to thwart more than 50 border incursions over the past 10 days.

Later on Monday, four civilians lost their lives and nine others sustained injuries when Saudi-led warplanes targeted a vehicle as it was travelling along a road in the Rabaq area of Kitaf wa al-Boqe'e district in Sa’ada province.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.

According to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.

A Yemeni mother holds her malnourished child as they wait for treatment in a medical center in the village of al-Mutaynah, in the Tuhayat district, Hudaydah province, western Yemen, on November 29, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

A number of Western countries, the US and Britain in particular, are also accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.

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