A day after the Saudi government announced a new offensive against the Nehm District, near the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, they’ve hit a grocery store full of civilians in one of the district’s villages, killing at least nine civilians and wounding 17 others.
The attack hit a grocer in Odhar village, not far from the recent fighting, killing five people within the store and four people who were driving by. There are unconfirmed reports that the death toll has risen since then to at least 12, apparently the result of wounded people not surviving.
Don’t ask the Saudis though. Even though it’s their war, and their airstrikes, they’re declining all comments on today’s attack, referring media inquiries to their Yemeni allies, who don’t have an air force and clearly had nothing to do with the incident. They would only say they’re looking into the matter.
Saudi airstrikes have killed thousands of civilians over the course of the Yemen war. The planes have been backed by the US Air Force, which today confirmed their refueling missions have grown significantly over the past six months.
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