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24 Yemeni civilians killed in new Saudi strikes

Iran Press TV

Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:38AM

At least two dozen civilians have lost their lives and more than a dozen others sustained injuries in a string of new airstrikes by Saudi Arabia against areas across Yemen.

On Wednesday morning, Saudi warplanes carried out aerial assaults against residential buildings in al-Mahjar Village, which lies on the outskirts of the capital, Sana'a, leaving 13 civilians, mostly women, dead, Yemen's al-Masirah reported.

Three people were also killed when Saudi jets targeted their vehicle as it was traveling along Bani Hajil highway in the Nihm district of Sana'a Province.

Additionally, a civilian and his wife were also killed when Saudi jets pounded the Kharab al-Marashi district of the northern Yemeni province of Jawf.

Saudi jets also bombarded the Hayfan district in the same Yemeni province on Wednesday, wounding four civilians and seriously damaging a telecommunications tower and a mosque in the area.

Elsewhere, in the Monabbih district of Yemen's northwestern province of Sa'ada, two civilians were killed and five others wounded in a Saudi airstrike.

Meanwhile, Yemeni army forces, backed by fighters from Popular Committees, have established full control over the strategic Dhubab district in the southwestern Ta'izz Province following heavy clashes with Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

At least 25 pro-Riyadh Takfiri mercenaries were killed and 30 others injured in the process.

An unnamed militia commander blamed the scarcity of munitions and the unwillingness shown by Saudi forces to treat Yemeni militiamen for the defeat suffered by his forces in Dhubab.

Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March last year. The Saudi military strikes were launched to supposedly undermine the Ansarullah movement and bring Hadi back to power.

Almost 8,300 people, among them over 2,230 children, have been killed and 16,015 others injured in the war. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country's facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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