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Thursday, 21 January 2010

Saudi Terror attacks

Saudi fighter jets have launched another round of aerial bombardment of Houthi positions in northern Yemen along the border with the oil-rich kingdom.

According to a statement released by the Houthi fighters on Thursday, Saudi forces carried out 25 aerial attacks on the northern regions of Jebel Razih, Jebel Dhar Hamar, Khamis al-Mihwar, Saqin, Jebel al-Madood, al-Malaheet, as well as the rugged villages in close proximity to the border regions of the oil-rich kingdom.

Several homes were reportedly torn down while more than a dozen people lost their lives in the strikes.

The statement added that Saudi forces also fired some 750 rockets against the beleaguered areas of Jebel al-Madood, Qafarah, Shada, Qamamat, al-Safih as well as al-Jabiri -- some 966 kilometers from the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

The conflict in northern Yemen began in 2004 between Sana'a and Houthi fighters. The conflict intensified in August 2009 when the Yemeni army launched Operation Scorched Earth in an attempt to crush the fighters in the northern province of Sa'ada.

The Houthis accuse the Yemeni government of violation of their civil rights, and political, economic and religious marginalization, on top of a large-scale corruption.

Saudi forces began fighting with Yemeni Shia resistance fighters, known as the Houthis, and bombing their positions on November 4 after accusing the fighters of killing Saudi border guards.

Houthi fighters say that Saudi forces strike Yemeni villages and indiscriminately target civilians. According to the fighters, Saudis use toxic materials, including white phosphorus bombs, indiscriminately in northern Yemen.

The US military has also been involved in bombing Yemen's northern regions of Amran, Hajjah and Sa'ada, according to the Houthi fighters.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that since 2004, up to 175,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in Sa'ada where they have take refuge at overcrowded camps set up by the United Nations. PressTV