Women, children killed as Saudi warships strike Yemeni village

At least six civilians have been killed when Saudi military vessels deployed in the Red Sea launched a barrage of missiles at a residential area in Yemen’s Northwestern province of Hajjah.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Al-Masirah television network that the warships fired the projectiles at al-Sadah village in the Hayran district of the province on Wednesday afternoon.

The sources added that there were women and children among the fallen victims.

Also on Tuesday, Saudi-UAE coalition airstrikes on Yemen’s Hudaydah province killed and wounded several people, according to medical sources.

A spokesperson from the Health Ministry said Tuesday’s attacks on the city of Duraihami killed at least 13 civilians and injured 24 others.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 17,500 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Reports by independent world bodies have warned that the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia’s deadly campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.

Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with more than 22 million people in need and is seeing a spike in needs, fuelled by ongoing conflict, a collapsing economy and diminished social services and livelihoods.

A UN panel has compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.

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