At least nine people have lost their lives in an airstrike by a Saudi-led military coalition against a residential locality in Yemen’s western province of Hudaydah.
According to a report by Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, the Saudi-led strike directly hit a restaurant in the Zabid district of Hudaydah on Wednesday, also wounding nine people.
The deadly airstrike followed a similar one that targeted a civilian vehicle in the Monabbih district of the northern province of Sa’ada a day earlier, killing seven people.
The report added that Saudi-led warplanes also carried out multiple airstrikes against Jarahi district in Hudaydah and Bab Najran in Sa’ada. Airstrikes were also conducted on the Nahdin and Nehm districts of the west-central province of Sana’a. There were, however, no immediate reports about the number of possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.
The most recent mass casualties from such air raids were caused in the southwestern province of Ta’izz, where Saudi-led airstrikes killed or injured over 120 people in a market on December 26.
On Tuesday, the Yemeni Ministry of Health reported that the Saudi-led military coalition had either killed or wounded some 35,000 Yemenis during the ongoing war, which Riyadh started almost three years ago.
audi Arabia has also imposed en embargo on Yemen since it started the war in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstate a former regime that had been friendly to Riyadh and to eliminate the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which took over state matters after that regime resigned.
The offensive has, however, achieved neither of its goals despite the spending of billions of petrodollars and the enlisting of the cooperation of Saudi Arabia’s regional and Western allies.
The war, which has so far killed 13,600 people, has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.