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Fresh Saudi airstrikes leave six civilians dead in northwestern Yemen

Iran Press TV

Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:17PM

At least six civilians have been killed when Saudi military aircraft carried out airstrikes against a residential area in Yemen's northwestern province of Sa'ada as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its bombardment campaign against its southern neighbor.

Saudi fighter jets conducted aerial assaults against an educational complex in the Kitaf wa al-Boqe'e district of the province on Saturday, leaving six people dead and several others injured, an unnamed local source told Yemen Press Agency.

Later in the day, a couple sustained injuries when Saudi warplanes launched two attacks against an area in the Razih district of the same Yemeni province.

Saudi fighter jets also conducted seven air raids against Harad and Midi districts in the northwestern province of Hajjah, though there were no immediate reports about possible casualties or the extent of damage caused.

A gym in the city of Hajjah, located approximately 130 kilometers northwest of the capital Sana'a, suffered considerable damage after Saudi jets launched three strikes.

The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the Saudi-led war had left 600,000 civilians dead and injured since March 2015.

The United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.

A high-ranking UN aid official recently warned against the "catastrophic" living conditions in Yemen, stating that there was a growing risk of famine and cholera there.

"People's lives have continued unraveling. Conflict has escalated since November, driving an estimated 100,000 people from their homes," John Ging, UN director of aid operations, told the UN Security Council on February 27.

Ging said cholera had infected 1.1 million people in Yemen since last April, and a new outbreak of diphtheria had occurred in the war-ravaged Arab country since 1982.

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