Warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition carried out a series of airstrikes on the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in the early hours of May 16.
The Saudi-led coalition claimed in an official statement published by the al-Arabiya TV that the airstrikes targeted “legitimate military targets,” including bases, workshops and ammo depots of the Houthis. The coalition even hinted that the airstrikes were a response to the recent drone attack on Saudi oil facilities.
“What the Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist militias have done by attacking strategic facilities in the Kingdom is a major violation of the international, humanitarian law … Whish raise to the level of war crimes,” the coalition’s statement reads.
The coalition claimed that its airstrikes were carried out “in accordance with international humanitarian law.” However, Yemeni sources revealed that the airstrikes targeted heavily populated areas in Sanaa.
According to al-Masirah TV, 6 civilians were killed and 72 others were injured as a result of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes. Two of the injured civilians Shuk al-Nuaimi and her sister Oksana al-Nuaimi were identified as Russian citizens.
Mohamad Abd al-Salam, head of the Houthis delegation to the Yemen peace talks, condemned the aerial attack, calling it “an example of military and political failure” of the Saudi-led coalition.
“The standards that the world deals with the situation in Yemen with are animalic and barbaric standards, not humanitarian … We are not waiting for the standards of a world governed by the policy of selling and buying,” Abd al-Salam said in a phone call with al-Masirah.
The high number of casualties in Sanaa will likely further complicate the situation in Yemen for the Saudi-led coalition and its main backer, the U.S., which has not commented on the new airstrikes, so far.