Yemen

Saudi warplanes kill 16, injure 19 Shia Houthis

saudijets-300x202 Saudi warplanes have killed 16 Shia Houthi fighters in a barrage of strikes over two days in the Yemen-Saudi border area, the fighters report. Six people were killed and six more wounded when strikes destroyed two homes on Sunday, the Houthi fighters said on their website.   Saudi strikes also killed 10 and wounded 13 at a market in another area on Saturday, they said in a separate website statement. Yemeni civilians have been the main victims of the Saudi military intervention in one of the poorest Arab countries. The conflict in northern Yemen began in 2004 between Sana’a and Houthi fighters. Relative peace had returned to the region for a period before August 11, when the Yemeni army launched a major offensive, dubbed Operation Scorched Earth, against its own Sa’ada Province. The government claims that the fighters, who are named after their leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi, seek to restore the Shia imamate system, which was overthrown in a 1962 military coup. The Houthis, however, say they are defending their people’s civil rights, which the government has undermined because of pressure from Saudi-backed Wahhabi extremists. Shias, who form the clear majority in the north of Yemen, make up approximately half of Yemen’s overall population. The United Nations, which according to its charter is set up “to take effective, collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace,” has failed to adopt any concrete measures to help end the bloody war

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