Saudi warplanes launch raids on populated areas in Al-Maharah
Apache helicopter belonging to Saudi forces in Al-Maharah governorate hit populated areas with shells. A number of houses were damaged and a state of fear spread among children and women in those areas. The civilians of the targeted area considered the targeting as an attempt to intimidate them.
On June Saudi aircraft bombed a gathering of the tribes of Shahan district, who reject the presence of Saudi military forces in the Directorate.
Mahra people’s sit-in committee condemned the Saudi air raids on al-Ghaydha, which aimed to show force and terrorize citizens and civilians who reject the existence of Saudi forces in the province.
“The Saudi warplanes’ launching of rockets near populated areas in al-Abri village of al-Ghaydha is hard evidence showing hidden intents of those forces to all people of Mahra,” said the sit-in committee in a statement.
In the statement, the committee renewed its warning to the Saudi forces against harming any citizen of Mahra. It stressed its adherence to its full demands, especially the departure of Saudi forces from the province, the dismissal of the governor Rajih Bakrit and referring him justice for wasting national sovereignty and committing financial and administrative corruption crimes.
Saudi Forces moved into the province of Al-Mahrah despite being far away from conflict but its people have been protesting for more than a year; demanding the removal of these forces from the province. They consider there presence unjustifiably and seeks to destabilize its security and stability.
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.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.