Bad Blood: Why Did the US-Saudi Aggression Target Afar Customs Zone?
A number of citizens were martyred, injured and went missing, including foreign nationals, as a result of a series of airstrikes by the US-Saudi aerial aggression on a customs zone recently established in the Afar area in Yemen’s central province of Al-Baidha.
A new Saudi escalation refutes its allegations by adhering to a truce it announced unilaterally days ago, which represents another crime against civilians and their already scarce life assets.
US-Saudi warplanes launched a series of airstrikes at dawn on Saturday at the Afar customs zone on trucks carrying imported food and medicine, resulting in many material and human losses.
The bombing had destroyed a number of locomotives and trucks, as the shipments owned by local traders went up in flames.
Local sources confirmed the enormity of human losses, as many workers in the region were martyred and injured. What was exacerbated was the aerial aggression prevention of the arrival of the relevant authorities to the target site quickly by intensifying its flight over the region.
Member of the Supreme Political Council, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, later denounced the aggression raid as a premeditated war crime.
“The Saudi-US aircraft are prolonging the crisis through several escalatory means, including a spate of dawn air raids on Afar customs center in Al-Baidha province, which left several people dead and injured and set a number of trucks loaded with food and basic commodities ablaze,” Al-Houthi wrote in a post published on his Twitter page on Saturday.
He added that acts of aggression and massacre of civilians are the most heinous crimes that enemies have perpetrated during the past few years against Yemen.
Afar customs serves as a major entry port for food and medicine in light of the continued Saudi-led siege on the port of Hodeidah and Sana’a International Airport.
The Saudi raid comes in light of its mercenaries’ failure to achieve any field accomplishments in the governorate and their inability to prevent food and drug supplies from reaching the areas under the control of the capital, Sana’a.
Source: Alalam website