706 Civilians Killed, Wounded by the Saudi-led coalition’s fire in Hodeidah
Saudi -led coalition, backed by the US, warplanes bombed a mosque in Amran province in western Yemen, killing seven people, including children and women.
Yemen’s al-Masirah TV reported that the victims lost their lives in an airstrike early on Monday. They were from the same family and had taken refuge in the mosque in order to avoid Saudi attacks.
Earlier reports said five civilians were killed and two others went missing after the attack. But the death toll rose after the bodies of two children were recovered from the rubble of the targeted mosque.
The attacks come despite a call by Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement for cessation of strikes.
Mohammed Ali al-Houthi member of the Supreme Political Council on Saturday warned against the consequences of Saudi Arabia’s rejection of President Mahdi al-Mashat’s initiative of stopping to launch Yemeni retaliatory missile and drone attacks against positions inside Saudi Arabia if they reciprocates the initiative in kind.
“If they do not agree, we will hurt them more, and we will not hand them over our necks,” al-Houthi said in a speech to a mass rally in the capital Sana’a celebrating the fifth anniversary of the September 21st revolution.
The number of civilians killed and wounded in Hodeidah province by the coalition airstrikes and its paid fighters attacks since the signing of Stockholm Agreement in December 2018 has risen to about 706, mostly children and women.
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.