Sana’a (GPA) – US-backed Saudi coalition warplanes launched over 150 airstrikes in Yemen’s Dhale province since Thursday. Not only did some of the airstrikes target civilians, but they also assisted local terrorist groups on the ground.
On Saturday afternoon, the US-backed Saudi coalition attacked two civilian vehicles in a mountainous area of the southern Yemen province of Dhale. Seven civilians in the two cars were killed, including women and children. Other air raids the same day targeted a handful of civilian buildings in Yemen’s Dhamar.
The 150 airstrikes took place overhead as Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees attempted to advance on territory held by terrorist groups. Chief negotiator and spokesman for Ansarullah, Mohammed Abdulsalam, said that the airstrikes prevented the Army and Popular Committees from eradicating Ansar al-Sharia from Dhale province. Ansar al-Sharia in Yemen is an offshoot and rebranding of al-Qaeda, similar to al-Nusra’s role in Syria.
Despite the density of the US-backed Saudi coalition airstrikes, Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees managed to liberate six key locations in Dhale from Ansar al-Sharia control. The US-Saudi coalition also sent ground troops to assist al-Qaeda affiliated groups in neighboring Bayda province.
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According to a report Geopolitics Alert received from the Republic of Yemen, the Saudi-coalition carried out 565 airstrikes throughout the month of February: an average of 20 airstrikes per day. When accounting for artillery and missiles, Yemen suffered 9,567 total attacks throughout the month of February.
The US-backed Saudi coalition targeted countless pieces of vital civilian infrastructure throughout February as well including 151 agricultural fields, 1,815 civilian homes, and 49 water tanks or treatment facilities. According to ReliefWeb, over 100,000 children under the age of 15 have contracted cholera since the beginning of 2019. 236,550 people have contracted the very preventable yet very fatal illness this year.
Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups serve as key allies of the US-Saudi coalition in Yemen against the Ansarullah-led government’s Army and Popular Committees. In 2017, leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula (AQAP), Qasim al-Raymi, acknowledged that his soldiers frequently fight arm-in-arm with US-supplied Saudi forces and their mercenaries.
In February of this year, a report revealed that Saudi Arabia was transferring US weapons such as missiles and other military equipment to al-Qaeda militants. According to the report, Saudis and the United Arab Emirates use American weapons as a form of currency to bribe local militias and bolster their chosen mercenaries.
Founder and editor of Geopolitics Alert, Randi is an American geopolitical analyst and content strategist. She covers US imperialism with a special focus on Yemen and Lebanon.