On April 20, more than twenty Yemeni civilians were killed in an airstrike of the Saudi-led coalition that targeted a car in Mawza district of the southwestern province of Taiz, according to the Yemeni al-Masirah TV. The source said that the victims were on their way back from the al-Barah market in Mawaza when their car was targeted.
Earlier, five civilians were reportedly killed in a similar airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition that had targeted a civilian area in Haydan district of the northern province of Saada.
As usual, the Saudi-led coalition didn’t comment on the attack and the attack didn’t receive a wide coverage from the mainstream media. Moreover, no international organization has condemned the attack, so far.
In a related development, the Yemeni Missiles Forces [loyal to the Houthis] announced that it had shelled the regional airport in the southern Saudi province of Jizan with a Badir-1 artillery rocket. The same airport was shelled by the Houthis on April 18.
Saudi sources claimed that the Royal Saudi Air Defense Force (RSADF) intercepted the Houthis rocket over Jizan province with its Patriot surface-to-air missile system. However, these claims have not been verified.
The Saudi-led coalition has stepped up its bombing campaign on Yemen over the last two months in response to a series of the Houthis’ missile attacks on several areas inside Saudi Arabia.