18 civilians killed in Saudi aerial raids across Yemen

At least 18 civilians have been killed in Saudi airstrikes against residential areas across Yemen as part of Riyadh’s ongoing military campaign against its southern neighbor.

On Tuesday, Saudi military aircraft bombarded Mukayras town in Yemen’s central province of al-Bayda, killing eleven people and injuring many more, Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news network reported.

Moreover, one civilian was killed and nine others sustained injuries when Saudi warplanes struck a number of areas in the southwestern Yemeni province of Ta’izz.

Saudi jets also pounded a popular market in the city of Sirwah, which lies about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the capital, Sana’a, leaving four civilians dead and 15 others injured.

Yemenis look at the damage following a Saudi airstrike on the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, August 31, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Separately, Saudi military aircraft carried out strikes against Majaz district in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada on Tuesday. One civilian was killed and several others were injured in the aerial assault.

Additionally, Saudi warplanes carried out 12 airstrikes against various regions in the northwestern province of Hajjah, though no reports of fatalities were immediately available.

Saudi jets also struck al-Khamsin Street in down town Sana’a, leveling 12 residential buildings to the ground. The strike left one civilian dead and 17 others injured.

A Yemeni man stands next to a charred vehicle following a Saudi airstrike on the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, August 31, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Meanwhile, Saudi warplanes launched five airstrikes against the al-Ashraf and Balaq districts of Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib. There were no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damage inflicted.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to the country’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

Over 4,300 people have been killed in the Yemeni conflict, the World Health Organization said on August 11. Local Yemeni sources, however, say the fatality figure is much higher.

By Press TV