Sunday 20 January 2019 - 07:01

Two killed as Saudi-led coalition intensifies air raids against Yemen’s Sana’a Province

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Two killed as Saudi-led coalition intensifies air raids against Yemen’s Sana’a Province

At least two people lost their lives after the coalition struck a sponge factory in the province overnight on Sunday, Yemen’s al-Masirah television news reported. Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television channel said the attack had targeted the province’s Jadar Village, and that five people had also been injured as a result.

Al-Masirah said the bombings that hit the capital city, Sana’a, destroyed a food production facility and  plastic factory, damaging the houses surrounding the two.

“The aggression (the Saudi-led coalition) also launched four raids on September-21st Park” in the capital, the network also reported.

Al-Mayadeen said the attack on the food factory had also “left a number of victims,” without giving an exact figure.

Houthis vow response
Yemen’s Human Rights Ministry condemned the stepped-up attacks on the capital, saying the raids came at a time when the city was hosting many people, who have fled the Saudi-led attacks against other parts of the country.

It called the strikes “an escalation” and a violation of international human rights law, calling on the United Nations to take a position and condemn the bombings.

Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been defending the country against the Riyadh-led invaders, described the aerial attacks as a joint “US-Saudi” act of aggression.

“The US has directed and prepared for these operations in Sana'a and other areas,” said Ali al-Quhoom, a member of Ansarullah’s Political Bureau.

“We will escalate in response,” said the official, adding that the Yemeni nation and Houthi-led armed forces will continue to defend the country’s people, territory and identity in the face of the Saudi-led military campaign.

The coalition has killed tens of thousands in the Arab world’s poorest country, trying unsuccessfully to restore power to Yemen’s former Riyadh-allied government.

The US has been lending generous arms and logistical support to the coalition, turning a deaf year to numerous calls by international rights groups for Washington to drop such support.

The Saudi-led escalation could jeopardize ongoing United Nations peace efforts that brought the two sides together in Sweden for the first time late last year, where they agreed a truce in the lifeline port city of Hudaydah.