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At least 20 killed as warplanes hit public bus north of Aden

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At least 31 civilians have been killed in airstrikes by Saudi Arabia across Yemen on Thursday.

In the deadliest incident, 20 people died when warplanes hit a bus on a highway in north of Aden, splitting the vehicle into half and killing its passengers. A civilian car and a farming pick-up were also targeted by the Saudis near Aden. Two air raids in northern Jawf province left two people dead. Earlier in the day, Saudi jets dropped bombs on several targets, including a school and a water reservoir, across Sa’ada province. Nine people, seven of them women, died in the raids that took place in Fadhl district. The Saudi aggression against Yemen has left more than 4300 people dead since it began on March 26.

Over 30 civilians dead in Saudi airstrikes across Yemen

At least 31 civilians have been killed in airstrikes by Saudi Arabia across Yemen on Thursday.

In the deadliest incident, 20 people died when warplanes hit a bus on a highway in north of Aden, splitting the vehicle into half and killing its passengers. A civilian car and a farming pick-up were also targeted by the Saudis near Aden. Two air raids in northern Jawf province left two people dead. Earlier in the day, Saudi jets dropped bombs on several targets, including a school and a water reservoir, across Sa’ada province. Nine people, seven of them women, died in the raids that took place in Fadhl district. The Saudi aggression against Yemen has left more than 4,300 people dead since it began on March 26.

 

UNICEF: Over 20mn Yemenis need urgent humanitarian aid

The United Nations’ aid agency says more than 20 million Yemenis are estimated to need some form of humanitarian assistance, almost half of them children.

UNICEF says the figure constitutes eighty percent of Yemen’s population. It says the impoverished nation should receive urgent humanitarian aid including safe water, food and medical supplies. The UN body added the situation is worsened by mounting civilian casualties and damage to schools made by Saudi airstrikes. UNICEF’s estimate of number of Yemenis in need of aid has jumped by nearly five million since its latest report last week. The organization says millions of Yemenis needed assistance even before the Saudi airstrikes. It stressed that the de facto Saudi blockade has fueled the crisis.

 


 

At least 100 Nusra Front terrorists killed near Syria’s Sweida province

At least 100 Nusra Front terrorists have been killed in recent clashes with Syrian troops near Sweida province.

Military officials say the Syrian army backed by national defense forces also foiled an attempt by the terrorists to infiltrate into Tha’aleh Airport. Nusra Front terrorists have been shelling the airport to seize control of it. The shelling has caused casualties in a nearby village in the province. Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 20-11. The violence fueled by terrorist groups, including Nusra and ISIL has so far killed over 220-thousand people.

 


 

Africa gathers force to combat Boko Haram

Leaders of five regional African states have met in the Nigerian capital Abuja to discuss efforts to counter Boko Haram terrorist group. Our correspondent reports from the summit.

Leaders of five regional African states have met in the Nigerian capital Abuja to discuss efforts to counter Boko Haram terrorist group.


 

Iraqi officials exhumed almost 600 people from mass graves near Tikrit

The victims were killed by ISIL Takfiri terrorists last year in a massacre called Speicher. The bodies all belong to young air cadets, massacred after the ISIL captured the Speicher military base near Tikrit last June. Iraqi officials say up to 17-hundred people, mostly Shia Muslims, were kidnapped, executed and buried in mass graves in several locations. The body count is expected to rise as more burial sites are being discovered by government forces. Tikrit was recaptured by the Iraqi forces in April.


 

 

 

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