Saudi-led coalition airstrikes kill 23 civilians across Yemen
The airstrikes mostly targeted residential buildings in densely populated areas
By News Desk - January 18 2022

Recent image. Rescuers search for survivors under the collapsed roof of a house hit by Saudi-led coalition air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen, 18 January, 2022. (Photo credit: REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)

On the night of 17 January, the Saudi-led coalition launched a vicious bombing campaign across Yemen, hitting several residential areas and killing at least 23 civilians, most of them women and children.

According to local media reports, coalition planes bombed five residential buildings in the Libby neighborhood in the capital Sanaa, killing several civilians and injuring dozens of others.

Another neighborhood on the northern side of the capital was also attacked.

A retired air force brigadier general was also killed alongside his entire family when a coalition plane bombed his house during the raids on the capital.

The Saudi-led coalition also attacked a parliament building that was under construction in the capital.

Dozens of similar airstrikes were also carried out in several other Yemen provinces and cities in the last few hours.

The raids came just a few hours after the Ansarallah resistance movements carried out drone attacks inside the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi.

The drone strikes, which targeted the military section of the Abu Dhabi international airport and an oil facility belonging to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), killed three people and wounded six.

They also caused the temporary suspension of all inward and outbound flights.

The spokesperson for the Ansarallah movement, Brigadier General Yahya Saree confirmed that the movement carried out the attacks.

Saree said the attacks were in response to the UAE participation in the aggression against Yemen.

Saree said that “five ballistic missiles and a large number of drones were used in an operation dubbed ‘Operation Hurricane Yemen’, [which] targeted Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports, the Mussaffah oil refinery in Abu Dhabi, and a number of important and sensitive Emirate sites and facilities.”

Saree also warned that the UAE will not be safe as long as it continues its aggression against the people of Yemen.

In early 2015, Saudi Arabia and its regional  allies, including the UAE, launched a brutal ground and air assault on Yemen.

The subsequent war on Yemen, now in its seventh year, was an attempt to crush the Ansarallah movement and restore the ousted government of the former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Despite killing tens of thousands of Yemeni citizens mostly civilians and spending billions of dollars on weapons, the Saudi-led coalition has failed to achieve any of its objectives.

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