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Fresh Saudi airstrikes leave 17 civilians dead in Yemen

Iran Press TV

Fri Jan 1, 2016 10:34AM

At least 17 Yemeni civilians, including women and children, have been killed and a number of others wounded in the fresh wave of Saudi air raids against its impoverished neighbor.

On Thursday, 15 civilians were killed when Saudi warplanes bombed two residential buildings in the town of Khayran al-Muharraq in Yemen's northwestern province of Hajjah.

A Yemeni civilian was killed and three others wounded in airstrikes against a beverage producing factory in the western province of Hudaydah, causing heavy property damage on the compound.

The Saudi military had carried out a similar attack against another beverage producing factory in the capital Sana'a a day earlier.

A Yemeni child also lost her life as Saudi bombers targeted the Saqin district of the northwestern province of Sa'ada.

Saudi airstrikes also hit residential areas in the city of Sirwah in Marib Province, causing damages to buildings.

Yemenis hit back

Meanwhile, Yemeni forces responded to Riyadh's raids, killing 11 Saudi troops in the al-Savabet district of the kingdom's Jizan Province.

According to Yemen's al-Masirah television, two Saudi soldiers were also killed by Yemeni forces in an attack on a gathering of Saudi forces near the al-Tuwal border crossing in Yemen's Hajjah Province.

Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March. More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since March.

The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country's facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

Yemen is engaged in retaliatory attacks against Saudi strikes, launched with the aim of undermining Houthi Ansarullah movement and bringing back to power the country's fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

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