Sana’a (GPA) – Planes belonging to the Saudi coalition against Yemen targeted another market in Yemen (Saada) today crowded with civilians. So far, 29 have lost their lives with 28 more injured.
It’s unclear at this point how many of the victims were children. Rescuers are still digging through rubble recovering bodies.
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 have not stopped.
Air raids continued for hours after today’s market attack and appear to be still ongoing.
Additional targets today include farms and cars in Saada. Several attacks also hit areas of Marib and Midi. Shelling from Saudi-backed forces also killed two Palestinians inside a home in Ad Dali.
Several Sana’a based rights groups quickly condemned the attack, and local students held a protest denouncing the U.S.-backed crimes committed by Saudi Arabia and their allies.
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.
Images courtesy Ansarullah Media Center.
Founder and editor of Geopolitics Alert, Randi Nord is a US-based geopolitical analyst and content strategist. She covers US imperialism with a special focus on Yemen, Iran, and Lebanon. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she started learning about the media’s pivotal role in selling “humanitarian” interventions as a teenager during the aftermath of 9/11 and Iraq war. Randi Nord has lived in the Empire’s neoliberal tropical paradise (Kingdom of Hawai’i) and Lebanon. She frequently participates in the UN Human Rights Council as a guest of NGOs speaking about Yemen.