Saudi airstrike in Yemen’s Hajjah is ‘war crime’: Houthi
Saudi warplanes have conducted an airstrike on Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah, leaving 11 members of a family dead or injured, in the second attack on the province in less than 24 hours.
Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported that the airstrike hit the home of a civilian named Ahmed Mohammad Tamri in the district of Abs in Hajjah in the early hours of Monday.
Preliminary reports said that a woman was killed and eight others, most of them children, were injured in the aerial attack.
Al-Masirah’s reporter later said the number of the injured rose to at least 10, noting that seven of them were children aged between 18 months and 14 years.
The attack drew condemnation from a senior Yemeni official, who decried it as “a war crime”.
Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, stressed that the ongoing targeting of the Yemeni people is “a war crime and deliberate terrorism.”
The airstrike came as the Yemeni army on Sunday thwarted an attack by the Saudi-led coalition forces on Hajjah’s district of Harad near the border with Saudi Arabia, while liberating a mountainous area from the control of the Riyadh-backed mercenaries.
For more than six years, the Riyadh-led war on the besieged Arab country, aimed at re-installing the regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, has spawned the most horrible humanitarian disaster.
The protracted Saudi war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemeni civilians and turned the largely mountainous country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
The United States, first under Barack Obama and later under Donald Trump and Joe Biden, has been the Saudi-led coalition’s partner in the devastating war that has displaced millions of people.
The US and its Western allies, especially the UK, have backed the horrific war in Yemen by supplying lethal arms to Riyadh and its allies, chief among them the UAE, as well as logistical and political support.
Despite the global conspiracy to crush the Yemeni resistance forces, they have only grown stronger, leaving Riyadh and its allies, most notably the United Arab Emirates, bogged down with losses.