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Saudi warplanes hit Yemen after missile strike targets Riyadh mercenaries in Shabwah

Yemenis inspect the wreckage of buildings after they were hit by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, in Sana’a, Yemen, on January 18, 2022. (Photo by AP)

Saudi fighter jets have launched fresh airstrikes across Yemen, after a number of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's former president were killed in the Yemeni army's missile attack at their camp in the country’s southern province of Shabwah.

Yemen's al-Masirah television network reported that Saudi military aircraft bombed the Harad district of the northern province of Hajjah at least six times. No immediate information about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused were immediately available.

Saudi jets also conducted six air attacks against the al-Jubah and Wadi Ubaidah districts of Yemen's oil-producing central province of Ma'rib.  

In the al-Sawadiyah district of the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda, local residents reported two airstrikes.

Yemen's Liaison and Coordination Officers Operations Room also said that the Saudi-led coalition and their mercenaries had violated 169 times a ceasefire agreement for the western Yemeni province of al-Hudaydah in the past 24 hours.

The violations included reconnaissance flights, 22 artillery attacks as well as 131 shooting incidents.

Moreover, two civilians sustained injuries when Saudi border forces shelled the Shada'a district of the northwestern province of Sa’ada.

Nine more women were injured in Qahar area of the Baqim district in the same Yemeni province as Saudi troops targeted the region with a barrage of artillery rounds.

The developments came hours after the Arabic service of Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported that Yemeni missile defense units launched a ballistic missile at al-Alam camp, which houses Saudi mercenaries, in the Ataq district of Shabwah province.

The report added that the missile strike left three Saudi-paid militiamen killed and ten others injured. 

Human rights group: Over 6,200 women, children killed in Yemen war

A human rights organization says more than 6,200 Yemeni women and children have lost their lives, as Saudi Arabia keeps bombing the southern impoverished neighbor in defiance of international calls to end its bloody war.

In a report published on Saturday, Yemen-based Entesaf Organization for Women and Child Rights said 2,426 women and 3,847 children have been killed ever since the Saudi-led military campaign started against the crisis-hit Arab country back in March 2015.

At least 2,834 women and 4,206 children have been wounded as well.

Speaking in an interview with Yemen’s official Saba news agency, the organization's head, Somayyah al-Taifi, held the Saudi-led coalition fully responsible for all crimes and violations perpetrated against Yemeni civilians over the past seven years. 

She pointed to the continued detention of Yemen-bound fuel tankers, stating that the trend has had catastrophic repercussions on all vital sectors in Yemen, especially the health sector, and resulted in the deaths of premature infants, mothers and children in public and private hospitals as the medical facilities cannot provide fuel to operate devices.

Taifi then called on UN organizations and the international community to assume their responsibilities and condemn violations and heinous massacres committed against ordinary Yemenis.

She also urged freedom-loving people worldwide to adopt proper and effective measures to stop the Saudi-led aggression, and protect civilians, especially women and children.

Separately, Ansarullah spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam praised the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement for flying an unmanned aerial vehicle over Israeli-occupied territories.

“Those who had relied on the defense capabilities of the Israeli regime would better review their calculations after the weakness of the Iron Dome [missile system] against a drone was exposed,” Abdul-Salam tweeted.

He added, “Anyone who cannot protect himself will be more incapable to support others. Withdrawal of your forces from Yemen will ensure the security that you have been asking from others.”

Hezbollah said on Friday it had flown a drone over Israeli-occupied territories on a reconnaissance mission for 40 minutes and it had returned untouched despite attempts to shoot it down, Lebanon’s al-Manar TV cited a statement carried by the group.

Israel’s military alleged in a statement that aerial missile systems were triggered and fighter jets scrambled after the radio-controlled aircraft crossed into the occupied lands from Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies, backed by the United States and European powers, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah resistance movement.

The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s incessant bombardment of the impoverished country, the Yemeni armed forces have gradually grown stronger, leaving Riyadh and its allies, most notably the United Arab Emirates, bogged down in the country.

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