Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Saudi Airstrikes Hit North Yemen Market, Killing 11 Civilians

Saudi Airstrikes Hit North Yemen Market, Killing 11 Civilians

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen announced yesterday that it had thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker over the weekend, Reuters reported. "It has been intercepted and destroyed over the skies of Najran and there was no loss of life", he said.

Yemen's armed Houthi movement threatened to block the strategic Red Sea shipping lane if the Saudi-led coalition it is fighting keeps pushing toward the port of Hodeidah it controls, the Houthi-run SABA news agency reported.

The report presented to the UN Security Council on 9 January said: 'The panel has identified missile remnants, related military equipment and military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are of Iranian origin and were introduced into Yemen after the imposition of the targeted arms embargo'.

Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries, is embroiled in a proxy war between the Houthis, who are allied with Iran, and a US -backed military coalition headed by Saudi Arabia.

The Houthis, who swept across Yemen and overthrew the internationally recognized government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in 2015, hold the capital, Sanaa, and much of northern Yemen, where most of the country's 25 million people live.

Further adding to the soaring civilian death toll in Yemen, Saudi warplanes attacked a marketplace in the northern Yemeni Saada Province on Wednesday, killing at least 11 people and wounding five others.

Iran has strongly denied arming the Huthis and in December 2017 accused the U.S. of presenting "fabricated" evidence that a November 4 missile fired at Riyadh airport was Iranian-made.

The Yemen war has killed more than 10,000 people and ruined the economy and pushed the country to the verge of starvation.

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