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US drone strike leaves two dead in Yemen's Ma'rib: Local official

Iran Press TV

Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:7AM

A US drone attack has killed two people in Yemen's central city of Ma'rib, a local official says.

"Two members of al-Qaeda were killed when a missile from a US drone hit their vehicle" in Ma'rib on Tuesday, the unnamed official told AFP.

The US carries out airstrikes with assassination drones in Yemen and several other Muslim countries, including Pakistan and Afghanistan. Washington claims the drones target al-Qaeda militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.

The raids have continued alongside the Saudi military aggression against Yemen, which began in late March.

In their latest air raids, Saudi warplanes targeted residential areas in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, including a school in the Bani Hashish district, killing and wounding a yet unspecified number of people.

Over 70 people, including six children, were killed on Monday when Saudi fighter jets engaged in massive attacks on Sana'a and the provinces of Hajjah in the west, Sa'ada in the northwest, and Ibb in the southwest of Yemen.

In response, Yemen's Ansarullah fighters and allied army units continued their attacks on Saudi forces. Several Saudi soldiers were killed in separate attacks on Monday.

Saudi Arabia began its aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

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