File image. Buildings damaged by Saudi-led coalition air strikes on the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah on 20 January 2021 (Photo credit: Getty images).
The Saudi-led coalition carried out 30 airstrikes across Yemen on the evening of 5 February, hitting numerous locations, including residential areas.
According to local media outlets, the majority of airstrikes were in and around the capital Sanaa, which for months has taken the brunt of the Saudi-led coalition brutality.
Airstrikes were also reported in the provinces of Marib, Saada, Al Jawf and Hajjah. The airstrikes reportedly caused some material damage. No casualties have been reported so far.
The Saudi-led coalition has, in recent months, bombed Yemen on a daily basis, killing hundreds of people, mostly civilians, and destroying a large part of the country’s vital infrastructure.
On 21 January, more than one hundred people died when coalition warplanes bombed a detention center holding hundreds of civilians, including women and children in Saada city.
A day earlier, airstrikes on the city of Hodeidah hit the headquarters of the main telecommunications company in Yemen, plunging the country into a three-day internet blackout.
The United Nations has condemned both attacks and said the acts may amount to war crimes under the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The International Rescue Committee, an organization that specializes in responding to humanitarian catastrophes, described the attack on the Saada detention center as “the worst attack on civilians in three years.”
The Saudi-led coalition frequently attacks civilian facilities under the pretext of targeting the secret operation centers of the Yemeni Armed Forces.
However, the Yemeni army has denied operating any secret bases among civilians and insists that the attacks on civilians by the coalition are a way of inflicting collective punishment on the people of Yemen.
The Saudi-led coalition invaded Yemen in January 2015 with the aim of destroying the Ansarallah resistance movement and restoring the government of former Saudi-backed president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
Despite having the support of the US and other western countries, the Saudi-led coalition has failed to achieve any of its stated goals.
The war has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than a million, triggering what the UN has described as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.