Hezbollah Slams Saudi-Led Coalition’s Latest Carnage in Yemen
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement condemned the latest crime committed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen that led to the deaths of more than 30 civilians, mostly children, in the western province of Hudaydah.
At least 31 civilians, mostly children, were killed Thursday after a Saudi-led airstrike hit their vehicle in Hudaydah province, only two weeks after a strike by the invading military coalition hit a school bus in the impoverished country and killed scores of Yemeni children.
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network, citing a spokesperson of the country’s Health Ministry, reported that all the victims, whose vehicle was also destroyed in the strike in Durayhimi city, were internally displaced people.
Al-Masirah, citing local sources, had reported earlier that at least 22 children and four women lost their lives in the deadly strike, adding that all those on board the vehicle were killed.
Hezbollah in a statement expressed condolences to the Yemeni nation and leaders and families of the victims, stressing that their “pure blood will be victorious over the swords of the slayers”.
“The blood of the students (killed in the August 9 attack) in Hudaydah had not dried before the aggressive US-Saudi coalition launched another massacre in which tens of children and women lost their lives,” it deplored.
Hezbollah further referred to the world silence on the continued crimes of the Saudis against the oppressed people of Yemen and called on the international community to stand up to the brutal aggression.
Saudi Arabia and some of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Sudan, launched a brutal war, code-named Operation Decisive Storm, against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Yemen’s former president and a staunch ally of Riyadh, and crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.
The movement, which is a significant aid to the Yemeni army in defending the country against the invading forces, has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective administration during the past three years.
The imposed war initially consisted of a bombing campaign, but was later coupled with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen.
Some 15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of the Saudi-led aggression.
The Saudi-led aggression has also taken a heavy toll on the country's infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations has said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
Several Western countries, the United States and Britain in particular, are also accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.