Saudi Warplanes Strike North Yemen Village, Killing Two Civilians

Saudis say attack retaliation for drone strikes

Saudi warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes against Makash village in northern Yemen overnight, killing at least two civilians and injuring six children. The bombs destroyed a family house in the village.

The Saudis did not say why they attacked the house, nor comment on the civilian casualties. They did, however, say the new strikes are being carried out in retaliation for recent Houthi drone strikes in southern Saudi Arabia.

This is interesting in that the Saudis don’t always accept Houthi claims of being behind attacks, and sometimes try to shift the blame to Iran for the sake of trying to sell the US on more sanctions or other anti-Iran actions.

The attacks come after a recent round of Saudi and Houthi negotiations on the preliminaries of a peace process, and are a clear sign that those talks didn’t go well. This has been a recurring problem, but with southern secessionists fighting as well, this is another regional fight the Saudis can ill afford to escalate now.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.