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Three civilians killed as Saudi-led forces shell border area in northern Yemen

In this file picture, children stand in front of a destroyed building following a Saudi-led air strike in Sana’a, Yemen. (Photo by Xinhua)

At least three people have been killed in an artillery attack by the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada, as the Riyadh regime and its allies continue their aggression against the impoverished Arab country.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that the civilians lost their lives on Thursday as Saudi-led troops shelled al-Raqou area in the Monabbih district of the province.

A security source said the bodies of the victims had arrived at the Republican Hospital of the provincial capital city of Sa’ada.

Late on Wednesday, Saudi fighter jets launched eight airstrikes against the Sirwah district in Yemen’s strategic central province of Ma’rib, but there were no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.

Saudi warplanes also pounded the al-Hazm district in the northern province of al-Jawf, with no reports of casualties and damage quickly available.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah movement.

Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

The Saudi-led military aggression has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. The Saudi war has also destroyed Yemen's infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases across the country.

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