Saudi-led coalition attacks communications infrastructure in three Yemeni provinces
The Saudi-led coalition has been accused of using the attacks as collective punishment against Yemeni citizens
By News Desk - January 09 2022

File photo. A communication tower destroyed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes in the Yemeni city of Taiz on 14 November 2017 (Photo credit: AFP)

On 9 January, the Yemeni Ministry of Communications condemned Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting civilian communication infrastructure.

In a statement issued to reporters, the ministry said the Saudi-led coalition has carried out attacks on communications infrastructure in at least three provinces in recent days.

According to the ministry, the affected provinces are Jawf, Saada, and Amran. The attacks have resulted in a communications blackout in the affected areas.

The coalition frequently targets and destroys civilian communications infrastructure across Yemen. It then alleges that this infrastructure is used by the Ansarallah resistance movement to launch drone strikes into Saudi Arabia.

The Ansarallah movement denies these allegations, and maintains that it does not use civilian facilities for its combat operations against the Saudi-led coalition of aggression.

In an address to the United Nations Security Council on 14 December 2021, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg expressed concern at the increasing number of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting civilian infrastructure.

Grundberg said the airstrikes do not only endanger the lives of civilians but also increase the hardship that the population faces due to the seven-year conflict.

The Saudi-led coalition has intensified its aggression against the people of Yemen in recent months. The increased violence comes at a time when the Ansarallah movement and the allied Popular Committees have inflicted heavy casualties on the Saudi-led coalition and the armed groups that fight alongside it.

The Saudi-led coalition invaded Yemen in early January 2015 with the aim of overthrowing the Ansarallah movement from power and replacing it with the government of the ousted president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, backed by Saudi Arabia.

Despite the heavy human and economic cost the war has inflicted on Yemen, the Saudi-led coalition is nowhere close to achieving any of its goals.

The Ansarallah movement has in recent weeks reclaimed most of the territory that was lost to the coalition during the early days of the war.

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