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An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday, residents said.

In another air raid on the capital Sanaa, residents said four civilians were killed when a bomb hit their house near a military base in the south of the city.

The attacks were the latest in an air campaign launched in March by an alliance made up mainly of Gulf Arab states in support of the exiled government in its fight against Houthi forces allied to Iran.

“The process of recovering the bodies is finished now. The corpses of 36 workers, many of them burnt or in pieces, were pulled out after an air strike hit the plant this morning,” resident Issa Ahmed told Reuters by phone from the site in Hajjah.

Coalition spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri denied the strike had hit a civilian target, saying it was a location used by the Houthis to make improvised explosive devices and to train African migrants whom they had forced to take up arms.

“We got very accurate information about this position and attacked it. It is not a bottling factory,” he said.

He accused the Houthis of using African migrants, stuck in Yemen after arriving by sea before the war in the hope of crossing the Saudi border and finding work in the oil producer, as cannon fodder in dangerous border operations.

Human rights group Amnesty International said in a report this month that the coalition bombing campaign had left a “bloody trail of civilian death” which could amount to war crimes.

Air strikes killed 65 people in the frontline city of Taiz last Friday, most of them civilians, and the bombing of a milk factory in Western Yemen in July killed 65 people including 10 children.

More than 4,300 people have been killed in five months of war in Yemen while disease and suffering in the already impoverished country have spread.

Militias and army units loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, currently taking refuge in Saudi Arabia, have made significant advances toward the Houthi-controlled capital in the last two months but the group remains ensconced in Yemen’s north and casualties mount in nationwide combat every day.


Also on Sunday, a bomb exploded near the vacated U.S. Embassy in Sanaa and unknown gunmen shot and killed a senior security official in the southern port city of Aden.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility, but Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – the deadliest branch of the global militant organisation – has been attacking the Yemeni state and plotting against Western targets for years.

A powerful bomb detonated in front of a gate on the wall surrounding the embassy around midnight on Sunday but claimed no casualties, residents and officials said.

The United States and other Western countries closed their missions in Yemen in February as the political feud between the Houthis and the Hadi government led to war.

The Houthi-run state news agency Saba quoted a security official calling it a “terrorist and criminal act”.

In Aden, the local director of security, Colonel Abdul Hakim Snaidi, was shot dead outside his home by gunmen in a passing car, a security official said.

His death is the first such killing of a senior security official since the city was recaptured by pro-Hadi militiamen in July. Since then, a power vacuum has grown, with Al Qaeda militants moving into a main neighbourhood last week and unknown assailants blowing up the intelligence headquarters.

EIN News

21 Comments on "Air Strike Kills 36 Civilians"

  1. BobInget on Sun, 30th Aug 2015 2:40 pm 

    Chances are Saudi fighter bomber(s) were refueled, in air, by a US tanker.
    When it comes time to credit Yemeni genocide,
    many Americans may wonder.

    USA Today (April 8 2015)
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has begun air-refueling operations for the Saudi-led coalition conducting airstrikes in Yemen, the Pentagon said Wednesday, signaling a deepening of American support for the Arab air campaign.

    The Pentagon also said the United States would expedite delivery of ammunition to the Saudis and other members of the coalition who are bombing targets in Yemen. The expedited ammunition has not been delivered yet but will include bombs and guidance systems. (snip)

    “Yeah, but the Saudis have been larding on cheap oil for a year, they really deserve our tanks”

  2. Newfie on Sun, 30th Aug 2015 3:58 pm 

    Muslims killing Muslims. There weren’t any protests. Riots would erupted worldwide if the West had done it.

  3. dissident on Sun, 30th Aug 2015 4:10 pm 

    Where is the UN authorization for the theocratic toilet Saudi Arabia to engage in world policing? Meanwhile NATO is restarting the cold war and a nuclear standoff with Russia because the ethno-fascist coup regime in Kiev decided to use military force on 7 million ethnic Russians in the Donbas and was prevented from achieving its objective of the 1995 Croat style ethnic cleansing of Krajina, East Slavonia and West Slavonia.

  4. Apneaman on Sun, 30th Aug 2015 4:12 pm 

    Newfie, when were the last worldwide riots or protests after the west killed muslims? The last major protests I remember from the west regarding not killing muslims was prior to the Iraq invasion and for a couple of minutes after. You got a link? The US regularly drone bombs muslims – I must have missed the mass protests due to my sports and celebrity gossip addiction.

  5. BobInget on Sun, 30th Aug 2015 4:39 pm 

    Thinking out-loud.
    This word ‘coalition’ I don’t recall the ‘C’ word being used before Bush One invaded Iraq to protect Kuwait oil from falling into Iraqi paws. In 1990 ‘Desert Storm’ the battle flag for the Gulf War, coalition comprised; (wikipedia)
    Bangladesh, Turkey, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia,Syria United Kingdom,
    and United States..

    Moving right along folks, we come to the Iraq War or “Coalition of the Willing” members;
    again, from Wikipedia.
    “Operation Iraqi Freedom”—and much of the ensuing Iraq War, led by the United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia and Poland, responsible for conducting and handling military operations.

    Fighter jets from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain are also taking part in the operation. Somalia has made its airspace, territorial waters and military bases available for the coalition to use.[8] The United States has provided intelligence and logistical support, including search-and-rescue for downed coalition pilots.[9] It also accelerated the sale of weapons to coalition states.[47] Additionally, Pakistan was called on by Saudi Arabia to join the coalition, but its parliament voted to maintain neutrality.[48] Despite this, Pakistan agreed to provide warships to help the coalition enforce the naval blockade.[7]
    Being described as a “humanitarian disaster” and a “catastrophe”, the imposed aerial and naval blockade has left 78% (20 million) of the Yemeni population in urgent need of food, water, and medical aid. (snip)

    The Syrian Proxy war follows a similar pattern.
    This hour, Turkish and US jets are bombing Syria. Saudi Arabia, US and Israel are lending support to anti Syrian government Kurdish ground forces, and ‘Free Syrian Army’
    So called Islamic State ground forces, supported by Saudi citizens are also fighting Syrian Government forces. Iran and Russia are sponsoring Hezbollah a different set of ground forces supporting Syria’s sitting leader.

    ISIS aka ISIL aka Daesh aka Islamic State

    In response to rapid territorial gains made by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS or Daesh, calling itself the Islamic State) militants during the first half of 2014, and internationally condemned brutality, reported human rights abuses and the fear of further spillovers of the Syrian Civil War, many states began to intervene against ISIL in Syria and Iraq, and three states, later, intervened or surveilled on ISIL in Libya.[241]
    In mid-June 2014, Iran, according to American and British information, started flying drones over Iraq, and, according to Reuters, Iranian soldiers were in Iraq fighting ISIL. Simultaneously, the United States ordered a small number of troops to Iraq and started flying manned aircraft over Iraq.
    In July, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Iran sent Sukhoi Su-25 aircraft to Iraq, and Hezbollah purportedly sent trainers and advisers to Iraq to monitor ISIL’s movements. In August 2014, the U.S. began a campaign of airstrikes on ISIL targets in Iraq, and, according to American website Business Insider, Iran also began air combat against ISIL. Since then, nine countries, allied with the US in some coalition, have also executed airstrikes on ISIL in Iraq, and nine countries, including the US, have performed strikes on ISIL in Syria.

    Here’s my point. All this ‘coalition talk’ is nothing more then another world war being covered up with names like “Restore Iraq Freedom” bullshit.

    Desert Storm was in response to an obvious oil grab.
    The Iraq/Syrian/Yemeni, Libyan, wars less so but at the end of the day are in fact oil wars.

    Is it any surprise oil prices need to rise to pay for these blunders?

  6. dooma on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 12:38 am 

    “Death of the Bees: Worldwide Impacts of Toxic Pesticides. Disrupted Pollination, Impacts on Plants, Fields and Food”

    To bee or not to bee. Soon we won’t have the luxury to decide.

  7. GregT on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 1:25 am 

    There are good alternatives available for pollination of early crops dooma, at least for the permaculturalist. I have kept Mason bees for about a decade now. They are not susceptible to the same fate as Honey bees. Unfortunately they are not a solution for large scale agribusiness, and they don’t have the added bonus of providing one of nature’s most amazing natural substances, honey.

  8. apneaman on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 2:06 am 

    Greg, what about all the rest of the pollinators? Many of them are near the top of the 6th mass extinction list. I guess folks are going to find out the hard way what the definition of ecosystem service means. Maybe I’ll design a pollinator app.

  9. apneaman on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 2:38 am 

    Greg, I forgot to mention that not everyone is unhappy with millions of branches on the ground from the wind storm. It’s like christmas day for the squirrels. They are running around in droves sifting through the debris 🙂

  10. theedrich on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 3:59 am 

    U.S. leading (the murder) from behind again.  Nice to know that “American interests” are so important that we must support our Saudi beheaders to do our massacring for us.  After all, as FDR, Mr. Sadism himself, made it clear with the original treaty with Mr. Great-grandpa Saud, America will do anything for oil.  Anything at all.

  11. Davy on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 5:50 am 

    Doom, I have a hive I put in this year. I am going to a local Bee club. My bees are doing great. In fact they are a little bothersome. They discovered the humming bird feeders and now every morning they are searching around my cabin and barn for food. We are in the dearth between their food species. I am feeding them sugar water near my garden. It is amazing how they drink up a two mason jars of sugar water in a few hours.

    I feel I am in a healthy local in the respect that I have significant wildlife that is flourishing. Bees, quail, turkey, deer, rabbits, squires, doves, and largemouth bass are all in abundance. I am promoting wildlife in addition to my animal husbandry. All these food sources are alive and available. They are a food bank in a sense.

    I recommend if you can have these sources of food that are renewable and available. Being alive they do not need to be preserved. I have goats and cattle. The goats are a pain in the ass but from a doom point of view the goats are a meal for a family for several days. Cattle are problematic in this regard but the cattle are good to sell or trade in a doom situation. It is these kind of creativities of food that will be vital in the future. Think about the Masai in Africa. They store their wealth and their food in their heard. We must learn from the past. Our past generations had this figured out and we discarded this vital knowledge for Walmart’s and fast food.

  12. ghung on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 9:13 am 

    Many food crops are self-pollinating (most nightshades and legumes) and others are easy to hand pollinate. Greenhouse growers have been doing it for decades. I use a cheap electric toothbrush to force my tomatoes to pollinate themselves (buzzzzz); beans as well. Increases production even when wild pollinators are around. A small paintbrush is handy for increasing pollination rates for cucumbers and squash.

    As I’ve pointed out here, honey bees (European) aren’t native to North America (plenty of native pollinators at my place), and are generally only necessary for industrial scale production of certain crops; another reason to go local/small scale/distributed.

    My ongoing experiment in intensive, precision growing with local inputs is going well. I’m concentrating on quality vs. quantity. No sense growing a lot of stuff if much of it is sub-standard. Better to do more/better with less; less inputs, less labor, less disease and pests, etc.. Then, again, in a subsistence scenario you do what you can.

  13. Davy on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 9:27 am 

    Damn, G-man, more shit I have to copy and paste to my notes. You are wearing me out…LOL. Thanks for the info on pollinating with brushes.

    Yes, we have lots of pollinators around here. It sure is nice to know if shit hits the fan I have some honey from my personal hive. It’s like money in the bank. I have a weakness for Greek yogurt, walnuts, and honey. I eat is on a regular basis.

  14. ghung on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 10:22 am 

    Davy, lots of good instructionals on hand-pollinating over at youtube.

  15. BobInget on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 1:04 pm 

    While raising food is all important, don’t ya think it’s a tad off topic?

    “”Over the past two years we have seen the emergence of a terrorist organisation backed by an ideology the likes of which we have not seen since World War II,” she said.
    This borderless group was building “increasingly sophisticated transnational networks that would rival a multinational corporation” and used the most modern technology and weapons while also using social media and the internet with “all the dexterity and understanding of an enterprising entrepreneur”.

    Julie Bishop, the defense minister for Australia.
    I posted this link along with tease because
    I agree. Duh!

    Hon Ms Bishop states “Not since the Second
    World War” have we seen this sort of barbarism.
    I’ll argue, IS in its small way is WORSE then the Nazis. Germans tried to HIDE atrocities. The Nazis pretended to abide by state norms.

    IS today posted yet another snuff video. This time, four men burning alive. Saturday IS captured 200 men in a small Iraqi town. Their fate is unknown.

    The worst is coming.

    Now that ISISi moves on Damascus, ISIS killings intensify . Millions more Syrians will perish and become homeless.

    I don’t believe there is a cogent military policy in place to contain ISIS. Airpower alone is ineffective against this movement.

    More Scary:
    Diplomacy is ineffective with crackpots.
    Even more scary:
    Conditions that spawn these IS creatures are getting wose by the hour.

  16. penury on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 1:53 pm 

    In other news Israel has announced a renewal of their program to murder anyone they want at anytime. Sort of like U.E. policy. You have to recount the dead civilians. Per Pentagon if they were male over the age of ten they are potential terrorist, and if they are accompanied by others usually female, those are guilty of assisting terrorists. And by the way if our natural pollinators disappear so do the food crops that they pollinate, unless you like climbing thirty foot trees with a brush to pollinate your crop. Comedy I love it.

  17. BobInget on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 2:59 pm 

    Until the American Right adopted Israel as
    pet cause, I was sure antisemitism was making a comeback. Now, with Fascism, gaining ground in Israel and ISIS and Saudi Arabia, Trump supporters, i’m confused.

    All one need do is replace the word ‘Jew’ with ‘Muslim’ for up to the minute hate speech.
    Just like ‘Nazi’ and “Communist’ are interchangeable terms for most NASCAR fans.

    ‘Terrorist’ as pejorative seems be gaining on
    ‘Rag-Head’ popular a few years back.

    Lately, men in US Congress refer to each other as ‘Terrorists’. Before long, climate refugees will be named as ‘terrorists’.

  18. apneaman on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 3:40 pm 

    Bob how much of the American Jewish community is rich, powerful, influential, and left leaning? How many of them spoke out against the adoption? Academic, Norman Finkelstein is the only one I know of. Condoning by their silence IMO and some of the jewish lefty’s openly support the jewish lobby. Where does all that lobby money come from?

  19. BobInget on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 6:13 pm 

    Ya know apneaman, an Israeli joke that went around for years before it was considered antisemitic to criticize Israel, went this way.

    “Put 12 Jews in a room and you get 13 opinions”.

    “Aliens come down one afternoon, destroy Paris, London, Moscow. They then order Israeli and Palestinian leaders into a room to work out their differences. After 12 days everyone’s sympathy went to the aliens”.

  20. BobInget on Mon, 31st Aug 2015 6:36 pm 

    Growing up in a left wing Jewish home I met
    hundreds of American Jewish Communists and sympathizers. Later, we got word American Jews were unwelcome in the Soviet Union. “Unwelcome” is putting it mildly. Most were sent to Siberia, or worse. Few made it home alive.
    Stalin killed almost as many Russian Jews as the other one. In postwar left wing homes this was as forbidden a topic as is Israel’s apartheid laws today.

    BTW, The Rosenbergs were executed as spies.
    the good news,
    At least they didn’t have to endure Siberia for years before starvation.

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