At least 43 dead as Saudi warplanes pound southwestern Yemen

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At least 43 civilians have been killed and scores of others injured after Saudi military aircraft launched a series of airstrikes in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz.

Saudi fighter jets bombarded residential buildings in the Salh district of the province, situated approximately 350 kilometers (217 miles) south of the capital, Sana’a, late on Thursday, leaving 43 civilians, mostly women and children, dead.

An unspecified number of people also sustained injuries in the airborne attacks.

Additionally, Saudi warplanes carried out three airstrikes against al-Ja’malah area in Yemen’s northwestern and mountainous province of Sa’ada. There were no immediate reports of possible casualties and the extent of damage inflicted.

Saudi jets also hit two areas in the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib on Thursday, though no information on possible fatalities and the scope of damage was available.

Moreover, Saudi warplanes struck the presidential palace in Ta’izz Province, but there were no reports of casualties.

A large number of Saudi soldiers also died as Yemeni army soldiers backed by fighters from Popular Committees attacked them in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Jizan.

Additionally, Yemeni soldiers together with allied forces destroyed six military vehicles in al-Jarrah area in Jizan region.

Yemeni troopers and fighters of the Popular Committees also lobbed seven Grad missiles at the Tawilah military base in Saudi Arabia’s Dhahran al-Janoub district of Asir Province.

Furthermore, Yemeni forces engaged in a firefight with gunmen from the Salafi Islah party, killing four extremists.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

Over 4,300 people have been killed in the Yemeni conflict, the World Health Organization said on August 11. Local Yemeni sources, however, say the fatality figure is much higher.

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