Saudi warplanes targeted a residential area in Yemen’s Hajj Province Tuesday, leveling a large building that served as housing for an extended family, killing all within. Over 30 people were killed in the attacks, overwhelmingly women and children.
The attacks took place against a village not far from the Saudi border, and left a number of other civilians wounded. It’s not clear why the attacks were carried out in the first place, and Saudi officials have not commented on the matter.
Saudi airstrikes have been killing dozens of civilians on a regular basis since early 2015, leading to a massive death toll. This has fueled international criticism of Saudi war crimes, and both the US and British governments for selling the Saudis such arms when they’re used so recklessly.
US efforts to compel an end to its involvement in the war have failed for now, but there is a growing campaign in Britain to stop the weapons sales. Historically, Saudi officials have bought a lot of influence in both the US and Britain, ironically with arms sales, but the war crimes are costing them a lot of credibility.
5 thoughts on “Saudi Airstrikes Kill Over 30 Civilians in Northern Yemen”
Jason Ditz has a tough job. Day after day, he combs through news reports of death, chaos, and destruction from multiple sources to bring Antiwar.com readers these brief, informative articles. I frequently share material from Antiwar at other websites, and more often than not it is a report from Jason Ditz, with links to source materials, and often containing some useful insights gained from all that reading.
In today’s reports, we learn that KSA is complaining about a “war crime” because the people in Yemen, who Saudi forces have been relentlessly slaughtering for the last two-and-a-half years, had the gall to fire back at Riyadh. In this report, Jason reminds us that KSA has been committing war crimes almost daily since their May, 2015 invasion, with support from the governments of the US, UK and others. And in yet another report, we find out that Israel’s second UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, wants the UN to do something about Iran because Yemen fired a missile at Riyadh. Meanwhile, KSA is laying waste to more civilians in Yemen without comment from Haley.
Thank you, Jason Ditz. You do great work!
If anti-war was a tv channel, Jason would keep an entire team of anchors busy 24/7 with what he produces.
And thank you for a wonderful comment. I too wonder why Niki the Biatch is more concerned about a missile that didn’t hit anything as compared to more slaughter from bombs that actually do hit something. Civilians.
Maybe we should petition the Congress to send a strike force to Yemen and bomb them with food and medicine.
Trump is a complicit thug to this thuggish regime of Saudi Arabia. These barbarians are war criminals and should be brought to justice. Too bad the Houthis cannot launch hundreds of these scud missiles into the capital of Saudi Arabia.
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