Monday, 24 September, 2018


Saudi-led coalition claims deadly Yemen attack

Residences in Jizan hit by the shrapnel after Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi rebels. SPA Residences in Jizan hit by the shrapnel after Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi rebels. SPA
Bennie Garza | 10 August, 2018, 06:01

Fragments from the Houthi missile launched at Jizan Industrial City killed one Yemeni civilian and wounded 11, Saudi state media said earlier on Thursday.

"Today's attack in Saada was a legitimate military operation. and was carried out in accordance with global humanitarian law", the coalition said in the Arabic-language statement carried by SPA. It went on to accuse Houthi rebels of using children as human shields.

The coalition denied responsibility for those attacks.

The Iran-aligned Houthis regularly fire into Saudi Arabia and have targeted its capital, Riyadh, with ballistic missiles.

@AdamjohnsonNYC I just saw MSNBC do a short segment on how USA back Saudi Arabia dropped a bomb on a school bus in Yemen. Three civilians were killed by a Houthi missile fired at Jazan in June.

Dozens of students were returning from a summer camp when their driver paused to grab a something at a market in Yemen's Saada province.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies intervened in the conflict the following March, aiming to push back the Houthis and restore the internationally recognised government to power.

In a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, the coalition called the strike a "legitimate military action" that targeted elements responsible for a rebel missile attack on the Saudi city of Jizan on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabian spokesman Col.

"Our teams are working to save as many people as they can".

But on social media, critics noted that other coverage of the air strike in the USA and Britain-which also supports the coalition-failed to acknowledge the countries' involvement in the war.

It's not the first time the coalition has hit a residential area this month.

The Saudi government issued a statement on August 9 and described the strike as "a legitimate military action" and was "conducted in conformity with the global humanitarian law".

The operation will be extended to all districts of Shabwa and neighbouring provinces such as Abyan and Aden, the interim capital. Residents remain apprehensive of disarmament because of lack of confidence in the authorities.

The war in impoverished Yemen has left almost 10,000 people dead and unleashed what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The fight for the port of Hodeida, a key lifeline for supplies and aid for Yemen's population on the brink of starvation, has become the latest battleground in the devastating war.

"The main objective of the meeting is to have the opportunity to consult with Yemeni social and political figures who possess a unique knowledge of the Yemeni society", said Mr Griffiths, who chaired the meeting.

"Under worldwide humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict", it added.

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