Two killed as Saudi-led coalition intensifies air raids in Yemen

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition has carried out deadly air raids against 15 targets, including a food factory, in Yemen’s west-central Sana’a Province, prompting condemnations from officials in the capital.

At least two people lost their lives after the coalition struck a sponge factory in the province overnight, Yemen’s al-Masirah television news reported. Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television channel said the attack had targeted the province’s Jadar Village, and that five people had also been injured as a result.

Al-Masirah said Sunday’s bombings destroyed a food production facility as well as a plastic factory in Sana’a, also damaging neighboring houses.

“The aggression (the Saudi-led coalition) also launched four raids on September-21st Park” in the capital, according to the news network.

Al-Mayadeen said the attack on the food factory had also “left a number of victims,” without giving an exact figure.

Houthis vow response

Yemen’s Human Rights Ministry condemned the stepped-up attacks on the capital, saying the raids came at a time when the city was hosting many people, who have fled the Saudi-led strikes in other parts of the country.

It said the “escalation” was in violation of international human rights law, calling on the United Nations to take a position and condemn the bombings.

Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been defending the country against the Riyadh-led invaders, described the aerial attacks as a joint “US-Saudi” act of aggression.

“The US has directed and prepared for these operations in Sana’a and other areas,” said Ali al-Quhoom, a member of Ansarullah’s Political Bureau.

“We will escalate in response,” said the official, adding that the Yemeni nation and Houthi-led armed forces will continue to defend the country’s people, territory and identity in the face of the Saudi-led military campaign.

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