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Saudi air attack on NW Yemen kills 18 civilians

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 24, IRNA -- Saudi jet fighters bombarded a gas station in Hajjah, northwestern Yemen on Monday and killed at least 18 civilians.

The attack happened in a gas station which was located in Abas town in Hajjah, killing 18 people and injuring 13 others, Yemeni TV Channel 'Almasirah' reported.

This is while Saudi aggressors in two consecutive strikes on a wedding party in Al-Raqeh killed at least 33 civilians.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi earlier slammed the Saudi Arabia air strike on Hajjah, saying strikes on houses and non-military targets and also preventing international bodies to have access for rescue operations is violation of humanitarian rules and principles.

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for prompt investigation of crimes in Yemen.

"The Secretary-General reminds all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law concerning the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure during armed conflicts. He calls for a prompt, effective and transparent investigation," Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General said earlier in a statement.

Saudi Arabia and its regional allies attacked Yemen in March 2015 to bring back to power the deposed president of Yemen Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Thousands of Yemenis have been killed in the attacks by the Saudi-US coalition and more than 2,000 have died due to a cholera epidemic.


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