Dozens of civilians killed , wounded in Saudi strikes on Yemen’s capital
At least six civilians, including children, have been killed and dozens of others wounded in multiple airstrikes by a Saudi Arabian-led coalition , backed by the US, on various neighborhoods of Yemen’s capital, Sana’a.
The Ministry of Public Health and Population, on Thursday, announced that the victims’ toll in the coalition’s strike on a residential neighborhood, in Sana’a, reached 77 killed and injured. The Minister of Public Health and Population, Dr. Taha Al-Mutawakil, called on residents of the capital to donate blood.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Yousef Al-Hadhri, said that “after the full recovery of the victims from under the rubble the final toll ha reached 77 killed and wounded.” Al-Hadhri said that the number of killed reached 6, 4 children from one family and two men, while the number of injured reached 71, including 27 children, 17 women and 27 men.
The Aerial coalition launched a series of raids on the capital Sana’a this morning, including 4 raids on Atan, 3 raids on Noqom, 2 raids behind the Qatari embassy, 2 raids on Al-Nahdain and a raid on 21 September Park.
Ministry of Public Health and Population condemned the coalition’s war crime that targeted a residential neighborhood in Sana’a, killing and wounding many.
In a statement obtained by YemenExtra, the Ministry of Health said: “In the morning hours of Thursday, the US-Saudi aerial aggression targeted the homes of citizens in a densely populated residential neighborhood.”
The ministry was surprised by the persistence of the coalition in characterizing this crime as targeting legitimate goal, it described the targeted residential neighborhoods as military zone and manufacturing centers of drones. The ministry demanded from the United Nations and all international organizations to document the crime scene and tell the whole world the reality of the targeted areas.
The Ministry of Health called on the world and the international community to put more pressure on the Security Council for issuing a resolution obliging the coalition of aggression to end its war and lift its siege on Yemen and not to interfere in Yemen’s affairs.
The head of the National Delegation, Mohammed Abdulsalam, said that the coalition’s crime in Sana’a is proof of the military and political failure of the forces of the coalition and their inability to respond to military operations of the Yemeni army forces. He condemned the aerial attack on the citizens, in the holy month of Ramadan, which came after the operation of the Yemeni army forces that targeted Saudi Oil facilities.
Ansarullah spokesman said that “the standards used by the world with the situation in Yemen are barbaric standards and not humanitarian, and we do not expect anything from a world governed by hypocrisy.”
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.