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Four civilians die in new Saudi airstrikes on Yemen

Iran Press TV

Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:14PM

At least four civilians have lost their lives in a fresh round of Saudi airstrikes against various regions across Yemen.

On Friday, Saudi warplanes carried out ten airstrikes against multiple areas in the Dhi Na'im district of the southern Yemeni province of Bayda, leaving four civilians dead, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.

There were no reports about the extent of damage that the strikes inflicted.

Meanwhile, Yemeni army forces backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees launched a barrage of mortar rounds against Saudi military camps in Dhahran al-Janoub region, which lies in the kingdom's southwestern province of Aseer.

Saudi warplanes also bombarded Yemen's southwestern provinces of Dhamar and Ta'izz as well as the northwestern province of Sa'ada.

Meanwhile, heavy exchanges of gunfire continue close to the al-Anad air base, located near the southern city of al-Houta in Lahij Province, as Yemeni army troops are attempting to seize control of the area from militants.

There are also reports of fierce clashes between Yemeni soldiers supported by Popular Committees and militants loyal to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in the country's strategic southern port city of Aden.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said on July 21 that at least 1,693 civilians had been killed and 3,829 others injured in the Arab country since March 26. However, local sources say over 4,500 people have lost their lives since then.



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