May 14, 2020 10:23 UTC
  • Saudi regime continues attacks on Yemen despite epidemic

The Saudi-led coalition continues to launch airstrikes on various areas across Yemen at a time when the war-ravaged county is grappling with the new coronavirus outbreak.

According to reports, Yemeni sources said Saudi warplanes shelled towns and districts in Yemen’s north, northwest, center, and west on Wednesday.

The towns of al-Khob and al-Sha’ab in northern al-Jawf Province, the Shada’a district of northwestern Sa’ada Province, and Qanieh region in the central province of al-Bayda were all hit.

The sources said several districts in Yemen’s western, coastal province of Hudaydah also came under Saudi-led coalition attacks.

Saudi regime claimed on April 8 that it was halting military strikes in support of the United Nations (UN)’s peace efforts and to avoid the further spread of the new coronavirus in Yemen. However, shortly after the announcement, the coalition’s warplanes struck positions at several Yemeni regions, and the aggression continued.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the coronavirus outbreak could rip through war-torn Yemen as its population has some of the lowest levels of immunity to disease.

The coronavirus, which causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19, has spread across many Yemeni cities and governorates, with the total number of infections in the country standing at 65 and the number of fatalities at 10. Many more cases are suspected to be undetected.