CAIRO (Dispatches) -- Aid groups said the international airport in Yemen’s capital has been hit with an average of one bomb every two weeks since Saudi Arabia closed it to all commercial traffic two years ago.
The Norwegian Refugee Council and CARE International said the kingdom has carried out 56 airstrikes over the last two years on the airport in Sanaa.
The aid groups cited figures from the Yemen Data Project, which monitors the war.
Johan Mooij, CARE’s director in Yemen, said the airport has become a "a symbol of aggression and oppression for a very large population.”
Saudi Arabia, which has been at war with Yemen since 2015, controls the impoverished nation’s airspace.
On Wednesday, Saudi warplanes have carried out fresh strikes against targets in southwestern Yemen, killing seven civilians, mostly women and children.
The attacks targeted Amran Province’s Harf Sufyan District, Yemen’s Al-Masirah television reported, adding that three children and two women were among the victims.
Separately, Yemeni sharpshooters killed five Saudi-backed militants in the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Jizan during counter-attacks against the aggressors.
The mercenaries were advancing on the Doud and Dukhan mountains in the region.
Two military vehicles belonging to the militants were also destroyed in missile and mortar attacks by the Yemeni army in Jizan.
Separately, Yemeni forces fired three ballistic missiles at the positions of Saudi-backed militants in al-Jawf and Ma’rib provinces as well as in the country’s west coast.