Saudi artillery near Yemeni border
(Photo Credit: Gulf Business)
The Yemeni Ansarallah resistance movement accused Saudi Arabia of targeting its shared border on 1 March, killing three people and wounding four, according to Al-Masirah.
The report indicates that the Saudi forces targeted the Shada border district west of Saada with artillery fire, killing three people in the process. The wounded were taken to the Razih Rural Hospital.
In addition, Saudi Arabia allegedly launched several spy drones on the Al-Hajla area in the border district of Razih.
The alleged attack comes days after Ansarallah accused Saudi Arabia of another attack at a popular market in Yemen’s Monabbih district, resulting in the death of one person and five wounded. However, Saudi Arabia denied any responsibility for the attack.
The Ministry of Public Health and Population revealed that the US-Saudi aggression has killed 314 civilians and injured 3,090 in border areas since the start of the United Nations-brokered truce in April 2022.
Meanwhile, a 16 February investigative report by Yemen’s Insan Organization for Rights and Freedoms revealed alarming statistics detailing the Saudi-led coalition’s systematic targeting of Yemeni fishermen in the Red Sea since the start of the war. The rights group’s website has since been suspended.
According to the report titled “Unseen Tragedies in the Red Sea,” the Insan Organization’s investigation team has “monitored heinous crimes against fishermen at the hands of the coalition and the entities funded by it,” including mercenary groups and hired soldiers within the coalition armies, such as Eritrean military forces.
Yemeni fishermen are often victims of kidnapping, the looting of their boats and equipment, and arbitrary arrests and torture in coalition-run prisons, the Insan Organization says. It adds that hundreds of fishermen have been killed throughout the war due to Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and their exposure to naval mines.
Coalition forces have “directly killed 274 fishermen, some of whom were targeted by warplanes while fishing in the Red Sea,” SABA news agency cited the report as saying. Additionally, 476 fishing boats have been destroyed in the Red Sea.
Additionally, Yemen’s Saudi-backed administration suspended fish exports due to a severe shortage. Before the war, fishing provided a livelihood for over two and a half million people in Yemen and is among the country’s most important economic sectors.