News ID: 129557
Published: 0756 GMT October 24, 2015

Over 40 Yemenis killed in fresh Saudi strikes

Over 40 Yemenis killed in fresh Saudi strikes

More than 40 people including fishermen were killed when Saudi strikes hit two Yemeni islands on the Red Sea overnight, locals said on Saturday.

Local fishermen told Reuters that Saudi helicopters and warships targeted several locations on Aqban and Kadman islands on Friday night.

The strikes killed several fishermen who live on the islands and destroyed several fishing boats, they said.

On Thursday, a resident in the northern province of Hajjah said Saudi planes had bombed a small island in the Red Sea close to the port of Midi, killing 10 fishermen.

Airstrikes by the Saudi jets have struck civilian targets at least four times in recent weeks, including a wedding party on September 28 that killed 131 people.

According to Press TV, Saudi jets also bombarded residential areas in the Yemeni province of Sa’ada on Friday, killing at least 11 people and injuring two others in the district of Haydan.

It was reported a gas station and some shopping centers were targeted in the Saudi attacks on the district as well.

Saudi Arabia also pounded residential areas in the district of Bani Hashish in the province, killing at least two children. Saudi attacks were reported in other districts of the province, including Baqim and Kattaf.

Elsewhere, Saudi warplanes also bombarded the district of Bayhan in the southern province of Shabwah, killing at least three civilians.

Local Yemeni media outlets said that Saudi Arabia targeted a market in the Yemeni northwestern province of Hajjah, causing the death of eight civilians and wounding at least 20 others.

Yemen has been under incessant Saudi strikes since March 26. The strikes are supposedly meant to undermine the Ansarullah movement and restore power to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

Over 7,000 people have lost their lives in the airstrikes, and a total of nearly 14,000 people have been injured since late March.

As many as 114,000 others have also been forced to flee the war-stricken country due to the Saudi aggression, according to a UN report earlier this month.


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