SANA’A – At least 32 civilians were killed in the previous 24 hours on Saturday, including seven women and six children, during Arab coalition airstrikes in southwest Yemen, according to rebel Houthi sources.
The aerial attacks took place between Friday evening and Saturday morning in five different areas in the Taiz governorate, according to SABA news agency, under rebel Houthi control, and whose information has not yet been confirmed by an independent source.
According to the agency, the worst attack took place on Friday night against a lorry traveling along a road in Al Shouq, western Taiz, killing 14 men; an area where frequent skirmishes break-out between Yemen’s government and rebel Houthi forces.
Another Friday evening airstrike in the al-Wazi’iyah District, killed six children, three women and wounded another four persons, according to SABA.
In the Yakhtel zone, close to the port of Al Mokha, on the Red sea coast, two airstrikes killed four women inside a house.
In another attack near Al Mokha, in the district of Al Asala, three men were killed and another five wounded during an airstrike that demolished a house, according to the rebel source.
On Saturday, two men were killed and three more wounded during an aerial bombardment against the Al-Melh mountain area, in Al-Salif district, to the north of Al Mokha.
Yemenite government forces conquered Al Mokha on Tuesday after intense fighting against the rebel forces that support former Yemenite president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The Arab coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia began operations inside Yemen in March 2015 supporting the reinstatement of president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi after he fled Yemen into his Riyadh exile.