Saudi Warplanes Kill Yemeni Women Returning Home From Wedding

10 Women Were in Vehicle Targeted on Saturday Night

Adding to the ever-mounting civilian toll of the Saudi air war in Yemen, at least 10 women were killed on Saturday night in the Maarib Province, when Saudi warplanes attacked the vehicle they were traveling in.

Saudi officials have not commented on their rationale for attacking the vehicle, which was carrying only women and younger girls, but it was one of several vehicles headed home from the capital city of Sanaa after a wedding earlier in the day.

Which may be all the answer we’ll ever get. The reality of the situation is that, two and a half years into the Saudi invasion of Yemen, fuel is in such short supply that even obvious civilian vehicles traveling from one city to another are presumed to be up to something, and are subject to being targeted.

Which doesn’t explain why only the vehicle carrying the women was targeted, as apparently it was traveling in a convoy with male family members in other vehicles, but only the women were hit in the attack.

Author: Jason Ditz

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