Six months of strikes kill over 6,000 in Yemen, NGO says
Iran Press TV
Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:1AM
Saudi Arabia has killed in excess of 6,000 Yemenis as Riyadh's military aggression against the impoverished Arab country enters its seventh month, says Yemen's Civil Coalition.
According to a report by the nongovernmental organization (NGO), which was published on Saturday, 6,091 Yemenis have lost their lives in the Saudi airstrikes and a total of 13,552 people have been injured.
There are 3,006 women and children among the dead. The report also says as many as 2,997 women and children have been wounded.
Targeting infrastructure, civilians
Yemen's Civil Coalition stated that the Saudi airstrikes target civilians, the infrastructure and residential areas of Yemen in defiance of international norms and conventions.
The report also highlighted an escalation in the airstrikes against Yemen over the past two weeks, which has increased the number of casualties.
The attacks are mainly centered on residential areas in the provinces of Sana'a, Sa'ada, Hajjah, Ta'izz, Ibb, Jawf, Hudaydah, Dhamar, and Bayda, according to the report.
Educational, medical and historical locations across Yemen are also targeted in the airstrikes, the report stated, calling on the United Nations to investigate crimes committed by Riyadh against Yemen.
Strikes go on, no letup
Saudi warplanes carried out new airstrikes on the district of Razeh in Yemen's northwestern province of Sa'ada during the early hours of Sunday. There has been no report on the possible casualties.
Similar airstrikes left over 60 people dead across the country the previous day.
In the district of Munabbih in northern province of Sa'ada, at least 50 people were killed and over a dozen others injured in similar attacks on a local market late on Saturday. Saudi warplanes also targeted a residential area in the district of Majz in the province, killing 10 members of a family.
Three members of another family were also killed when their house was hit by an airstrike in Ma'rib Province.
In retaliation for the Saudi airstrikes, the Yemeni army, backed by popular committees, targeted a number of Saudi military bases in the border region, inflicting heavy losses on them.
Riyadh launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
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