34 killed in new Saudi air raids on Yemen

SANAA:  The latest airstrikes conducted by Saudi Arabia against Yemen have claimed the lives of 34 people and left dozens injured in several parts across the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.

Saudi warplanes targeted several times the military bases of al-Hafa, al-Sawad, Khashm al-Bakrah and Jabal al-Nahdayn in Yemen early Saturday.

Saudi fighter jets bombarded a house in Bayt al-Faqih District in Yemen’s western province of Hudaydah, killing 10 people and wounding several others, according to Yemen’s Saba news agency.

Meanwhile, the Saudi bombing of the al-Jiraf area in Yemen’s western Sana’a Province left four people dead and 12 others injured.

The air raids targeting residential areas in two other regions in Sana’a also killed three members of a family and hurt several others.

Elsewhere in Sana’a Province, a Saudi jet attacked homes in the al-Amrani area, leaving five members of a family dead and wounding seven others.

Several aerial assaults conducted by Saudi jets in a district in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada also claimed the lives of two civilian and injured several more.

Saudi planes also bombarded residential areas in the city of Sa’ada, killing 10 civilians and wounding several others, with two of them in critical condition.

A building affiliated to Yemen’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Hamdan District in Sana’a Province was completely destroyed in the Saudi bombings.

Two children were also killed in a Saudi airstrike in an area in southwestern Yemeni province of Dhamar.

In another development, a car loaded with explosives went off near the central library in Hudaydah Province, leaving eight people dead and 21 others injured, including the bomber.

The bomber reportedly intended to carry out the explosion in a military base, but the vehicle blew up before arriving at the location.

Yemeni army also fired a number of retaliatory rockets into several military bases in Saudi Arabia, according to the Saba news agency.

An unidentified Yemeni military source said that some Saudi soldiers were killed and injured while several others fled the affected areas.

 Saudi Arabia has been pounding different areas in Yemen since March 26 without any authorization from the United Nations and regardless of international calls for the cessation of its deadly campaign against the Arab country.

The main purposes behind the Saudi aggression against Yemen are to weaken the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

The UN says at least 2,600 people have been killed and 11,000 others wounded due to the conflict in Yemen since March 19.

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