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Excerpt: "At least 25 Yemeni civilians have been killed by Saudi-led coalition air strike on a market in the northern Saada province, according to a local health official."

People inspect the damage of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sana'a, Yemen, Jun. 9, 2017. (photo: AP)
People inspect the damage of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sana'a, Yemen, Jun. 9, 2017. (photo: AP)


Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Yemen Market, Killing 25

By Al Jazeera

18 June 17


At least 25 killed after two air raids hit al-Mashnaq market in Shada district in northwestern Yemen, an official says.

t least 25 Yemeni civilians have been killed by Saudi-led coalition air strike on a market in the northern Saada province, according to a local health official.

The director of the Houthi-run health department office in Saada said the aircraft conducted two raids on al-Mashnaq market in Shada district close to the Saudi border on Saturday.

"Rescue teams were unable to reach the area for some time for fear of being hit by artillery shelling of the area," the official, Dr Abdelilah al-Azzi, told Reuters news agency by telephone on Sunday.

Several Yemeni online news outlets carried similar reports of the bombing in Saada, which sits directly along the Saudi border.

Officials from the Saudi-led coalition could not immediately be reached for a comment on the report.

A Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes in the impoverished country for more than two years against Houthi rebels, who control vast swathes of the country.

The country has since been plunged into a civil war in which the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, is trying to roll back gains made by the Iran-aligned Houthi group that controls most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa.

In March, a Saudi-led coalition air strike killed 22 people and wounded dozens when it struck a market in western Yemen near the Red Sea fishing town of Khoukha.

Khoukha and the nearby city of Hodeidah are controlled by the Houthis who overran Sanaa in 2014 and moved south to Aden in 2015 forcing Hadi and his administration to flee into exile. Saudi-led coalition wrested back the control of Aden last year.

The Yemen war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than three million and ruined much of the impoverished country's infrastructure.

The Saudi-led coalition was formed in 2015 to fight the Houthis and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

In December, the coalition acknowledged it had made "limited use" of British-made cluster bombs, but said it had stopped using them.

In March, the UN World Food Programme said that nearly half of Yemen's 22 provinces were on the verge of famine.


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+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-06-19 06:50
The lack of outrage over the criminal Saudi/US war in Yemen is a good measure of how much the mass media in the US has been bought off by Saudi Arabia. We know the US government has been bought off.

With Trump, the wars in the middle east are taking a new and hard turn toward total criminality. Here is Sec. of Defense Mattis proclaiming an "annihilation strategy" for Mosul and Raqqa.


“We have already shifted from attrition tactics where we shove them from one position to another in Iraq and Syria, to annihilation tactics where we surround them. Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home."


He went on to say that civilian casualties are just an unavoidable reality. Mattis was the war criminal who oversaw the annihilation of Fallujah.


In fact, Mattis is not killing ISIS. The US is now embarked on a genocide of Arabs in the areas -- Mosul and Raqqa -- that will be part of the Kurdish state. Mattis' soldiers are attacking Arabs and defending Kurds and ISIS.


Why is there not coverage of a genuine war criminal now running the Pentagon????? Are we being distracted by Russiagate. Is Russiagate a way to enable the massive escalation in US wars without anyone noticing? I think so.
 

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