Saudi Airstrikes Kill at Least 10, Mostly Civilians, in Yemen

Strike Destroyed Home of Retired Army Official, Killed His Family

Saudi warplanes attacked the city of Ibb today, launching several airstrikes against government buildings and residential neighborhoods, killing at least 10 people, most of them civilians, in their latest salvo against central Yemen.

The largest strike was against the home of a retired brigadier in the Yemeni Army, destroying his home and killing him, along with five members of his family. The other four people killed in Ibb were in and around various government buildings.

There was no indication why this former military official would be targeted, though the Saudis and their allies have presented a lot of the military, linked with former President Saleh, as secretly in league with the Houthis for opposing the Saudi attacks.

Ibb, like most of the major cities in Yemen that aren’t on the southern coast, is under Houthi control. The pro-Saudi forces have a presence in the city of Aden, along with some of the other coastal towns. Al-Qaeda has also taken parts of the coast, including Mukalla, and has reportedly tried to establish a presence in Aden as well.

Author: Jason Ditz

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