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  • Boys walk on the rubble of a building hit by airstrikes two years ago in Sanaa.

    Boys walk on the rubble of a building hit by airstrikes two years ago in Sanaa. | Photo: Reuters

Published 30 December 2017

Earlier this week, the Saudi-led coalition bombed a crowded market and a rural farm, resulting in the deaths of 70 people.

SABA news agency has reported that at least 20 people were killed in the al-Jarrahi district of Hudaydah after an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hit three cars outside of a restaurant. 

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The coalition includes forces from nine other countries, including Jordan and Egypt, and receives support from the United States and the United Kingdom. 

The strike comes at the end of a bloody week. The Saudi-led coalition bombed a crowded market and a rural farm, resulting in the deaths of 70 people. After these two incidents, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said "these incidents prove the complete disregard for human life that all parties, including the Saudi-led Coalition, continue to show."  

More than 10,000 people, including civilians, have been killed in Yemen after a Saudi-led coalition began its aggression in March 2015 with the objective of reinstating former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur and curbing the advance of Houthi rebels who have been active for over two years. 

According to several sources, more than half of Yemen's casualties are civilians. This is due to the evident willingness on the part of U.S.-Saudi forces to target civilian areas and the negative impacts of the full blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia. The blockade has generated a food, energy and medicine crisis in the war-torn nation that is currently also facing a cholera outbreak. 

Yesterday, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said the U.S. was working to make the Saudi military "more capable of carrying out what they find to be their military necessity, without killing innocents," Al Jazeera reported. 


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