|28-02-2016 – 14:51 Last updated 28-02-2016 – 14:51|
Monday, 29 February 2016
Bodies Burned to a Crisp: Aftermath of Saudi-led Airstrike on Market in Yemen
Posted on February 27, 2016
Up to 45 people are feared killed in Sanaa, Yemen, after airstrikes reportedly carried out by the Saudi-led Arab coalition hit a market in the northeast of the city.
There have been conflicting reports regarding the number of casualties.
At least 30 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the airstrikes that targeted Shiite fighters but hit a market area in the Nihm district near the capital, AP reported, citing Yemeni security officials. Body parts were strewn across the area, said officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
About 45 civilians were killed in the market, Xinhua news agency reported, citing residents.
“Several Saudi-led airstrikes directly struck people gathered in a crowded market in Nehm district of Sanaa province and killed about 45 civilians while 50 others were injured at the scene,” a resident in Sanaa told Xinhua by phone.
Reuters reported 40 deaths and 30 wounded, citing locals.
Arab coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia have been fighting Houthi forces in Yemen, who are allied with Iran. Backing Yemeni government forces, the coalition has been providing air support for troops involved in fierce confrontations on the ground with Shiite Houthi fighters in a number of areas in and near Sanaa.
Since the coalition’s involvement began almost a year ago, some 6,000 people have been killed, many of them civilians.
In January, a UN panel set up to investigate the bombings in Yemen reported to the Security Council that it had uncovered “widespread and systematic attacks on civilian targets by Saudi Arabia.” According to an investigation carried out by Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Saudi-led coalition has also been using cluster bombs in its attacks on Yemen, weapons that are banned in populated areas.
The Yemeni army and popular forces continued their advances in the Southern part of Yemen, killing senior commander of fugitive resigned president Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi in a tough battle.
Pro-Hadi commander, Ali al-Yafe’yee was gunned down by unknown assailants in Shalal military base in Ma’ala region in Aden province.
In a similar development on Saturday, the Yemeni forces continued their advances in Taiz, and killed a large number of forces loyal to Hadi, including his senior commanders, in the Western coastal province.
Many other Saudi-led aggression mercenaries were also killed in tough battle with the Yemeni army and popular forces in Beit Wafi in Habashi heights in Taiz province.
Meantime, the Yemeni army and popular forces attacked pro-Hadi militias’ military positions in al-Ja’adan region in Ma’rib, killing a large number of them.
Also on Wednesday, the Yemeni forces killed at least 54 Saudi troops, including commanders, in a ballistic missile attack in the Northern Jawf province.
The Yemeni Army, backed by Popular Committees loyal to the Ansarullah movement, targeted a Saudi military installation in Beir al-Maraziq region with a Qaher-1 ballistic missile.
A large number of Saudi forces also sustained injuries in the attack.
The Yemeni surface-to-surface missile also destroyed a number of military equipment of the installation and inflicted heavy damage on its infrastructure.
The Yemeni forces have fired tens of missiles on the military positions and assembly points of Saudi-led coalition so far, killing hundreds of Saudi forces and injuring many more.
Yemenis carry out these attacks in retaliation for the US-backed Saudi strikes on civilian targets, launched with the aim of undermining Ansarullah movement and bringing back to power the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh and Washington.
River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian