Sana’a (GPA) – At least 18 gruesome raids targeted a residential area of Yemen’s Hajjah province this morning killing over 30 according to local sources. Among those killed include an entire family, women, children, and over 10 rescue workers.
The exact number of casualties cannot be confirmed since Saudi planes are attacking rescue vehicles and news crews entering the scene.
The majority of air strikes targetted a collective home containing a large extended family. Air strikes then proceeded to strike the family car, vehicles belonging to rescue workers, and a news photographer’s car.
Additional attacks in the same area struck supply roads leading to remote areas thus prohibiting food, water, and aid delivery.
This attack comes just hours after Saudi Arabia announced a complete shutdown of Yemen’s few remaining land, sea, and air routes. Currently already under a Saudi-imposed land, sea, and air blockade, this action cuts off Yemen’s few remaining lifelines.
Hajjah wasn’t the only target for Saudi airstrikes today. Like usual, strikes targetted areas of Saada and Yemen’s capital Sana’a where planes repeatedly attacked a technical institute roughly 13 times.
In early October, the United Nations re-added Saudi Arabia along with their coalition to a blacklist due to their devastating military and airstrike campaign which explicitly targets civilians, hospitals, markets, and homes. Last year, the UN removed Saudi Arabia from this same list after facing financial blackmail and other threats from Riyadh.
Apparently, this blacklist holds no significant value because the Saudi-led airstrikes and war crimes in Yemen have not stopped.
Well over 10,000 have lost their lives from air strikes or military operations since Saudi Arabia and allies launched their war against Yemen in 2015. Tens of thousands more have been killed as a result of the ongoing Saudi-imposed siege and blockade.
Due to restricted imports, nearly 7 million Yemenis face famine and 17 million face food insecurity. The lack of access to medical equipment and sanitation supplies has triggered a globally unprecedented cholera outbreak claiming the lives of over 3,000 with numbers reaching 1 million infected by the end of the year. The siege also restricts government salaries for healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other public jobs.
The war against Yemen and massacres like this one today would not be possible without full support from the United States and Riyadh’s other western allies.
Also published on Medium.