Saudi Airstrike Kills Five Farmers in Yemen’s Hodeidah

Attack targeted people near a drinking water pump

Saudi warplanes continue to point the vital aid port of Hodeidah in northern Yemen, with a Wednesday strike targeting a crowd of civilians near one of the charity drinking water pumps set up in the city.

The strike killed five civilians, identified as farmers by the local hospital. This is the second incident of Saudi strikes in Hodeidah killing civilians this week, as on Monday another strike killed a group of beekeepers.

Saudi-led forces have been attacking Hodeidah for months. The port provides food for an estimated 70% of Yemenis, and is the last aid port controlled by the Shi’ite Houthi movement. As the offensive escalates against the city, so too do Saudi airstrikes.

Despite repeated assurances to improve targeting, Saudi strikes continue to it civilians with alarming regularity in Yemen, with thousands of civilians having been slain so far in the air war.

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