Saudi Airstrike Kills 11 Civilians in Northern Yemen

Attack Destroyed Two Houses in the City of Saada

Adding to embarrassment about the US role in supporting the Saudi war against Yemen, Saudi Arabian warplanes attacked the northern city of Saada today, destroying a pair of houses in the Shi’ite-dominated city, killing at least 11 civilians.

The overnight strikes came shortly after Secretary of State John Kerry left Saudi Arabia, after announcing a new “peace initiative,” which analysts quickly noted was just him reiterating Saudi demands of an unconditional surrender for the Shi’ite Houthis, and complaining about Iran.

The Saudi air war has been heavily criticized for killing thousands of civilians, and the US is facing a growing backlash for its unconditional support for the Saudi airstrikes, refueling the planes to allow them to stay in the air carrying out airstrikes.

The UN has repeatedly expressed concern about the civilian death toll, but between the US support for the Saudis, and Saudi Arabia’s expressions of outrage every time anyone complains about those deaths, they’ve tended not to follow through on those matters. Saudi officials have yet to comment on the latest killings.

Author: Jason Ditz

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