Fresh Saudi airstrikes leave six civilians dead in Yemen

Press TV – At least six civilians have been killed and several others injured when Saudi military aircraft carried out separate airstrikes against residential areas across Yemen as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its atrocious bombardment campaign against its southern neighbor.

Saudi fighter jets conducted five aerial assaults against Khalfah outdoor market in the Nihm district of the capital province of Sana’a on Saturday, leaving five people dead and three vehicles destroyed, an unnamed local official told Saba news agency.

The official added that the airstrikes also caused considerable damage to the commercial district.

Separately, one person lost his life and four others sustained injuries when Saudi warplanes launched aerial attacks against Shaje’a market in the Zabid district of Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah.

The development came as Saudi jets targeted the building of the Yemen Today satellite news channel in Sana’a, killing four citizens.

Yemeni men look at the damage in the aftermath of a Saudi airstrike on Yemen Today TV station in the capital Sana’a on December 9, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The head guard, himself wounded in the attack, told reporters at the scene that the strike had hit his staff’s sleeping quarters.

“This is not a military post and there are no weapons here. This is just the house where we security guards live,” he said outside the heavily damaged building.

The Yemen Today television network was affiliated with the General People’s Congress (GPC) of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed on Monday during clashes with Houthi Ansarullah fighters.

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstate Hadi, a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime.

More than 12,000 people have been killed since the onset of the campaign more than two and a half years ago. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.

The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.

According to the World Health Organization’s latest count, the cholera outbreak has killed 2,167 people since the end of April and is suspected to have infected 841,906.

On November 26, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said that more than 11 million children in Yemen were in acute need of aid, stressing that it was estimated that every 10 minutes a child died of a preventable disease there.

Additionally, the UN has described the current level of hunger in Yemen as “unprecedented,” emphasizing that 17 million people are now food insecure in the country.

It added that 6.8 million, meaning almost one in four people, do not have enough food and rely entirely on external assistance.

A recent survey showed that almost one third of families had gaps in their diets, and hardly ever consumed foods like pulses, vegetables, fruit, dairy products or meat.

More than 3 million pregnant and nursing women and children under 5 also need support to prevent or cure malnutrition.