A family of beekeepers was killed when the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the United States, targeted their family bee farm with multiple airstrikes on Monday in a residential district of Hodeida.
Local witnesses told MintPress News that airstrikes targeted Ayesh Clip’s bee farm at Deir Essa in the Bajjel district of southern Hodeida, killing Ayesh and four of his family members. The attack also destroyed the farm, which was the family’s sole source of income in a country gripped by famine and a devastating humanitarian crisis.
In a separate attack on a civilian target, three people were killed and a fourth was critically injured when a Saudi warship targeted a market in al-Duraihimi city in the same province. Three civilian workers were also killed and four others injured when Saudi coalition airstrikes hit a stone factory in Sanhan district south of Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a.
The attack on the bee farm comes as families of victims were marking the second anniversary of a coalition strike that hit a funeral hall with about 1,000 mourners inside, in Yemen’s capital, on October 8, 2016. One hundred and forty funeral-goers were killed in the attack and 600 were wounded.
“As we remember the funeral hall bombing, it’s also an opportunity to remember that death happens everywhere,” 19-year-old Ali al-Kholani, who was injured in the attack, said, adding, “The funeral attack was not the first deadly attack of its kind and the attack on the bee farm will not be the last.”
Families of the victims of the attack on the funeral hall stood alongside local politicians in silence for four minutes — two minutes to mark casualties from the first airstrike on the hall, and another two for those who were killed while rushing in to save lives and were hit by a subsequent airstrike in what is known as a double-tap airstrike.