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71 civilians killed in Yemen hotel air strike

August 23, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Up to 71 people have been killed in an air strike in Sana’a, Saba News has reported.

The Houthi armed group claimed a Saudi warplane executed a strike on a hotel in northern Sana’a, early morning yesterday.  The strike targeted the Bait Al-Edhari area in Arhab district, causing damage to surrounding homes.

Air strikes also targeted the Sanhan directorate in the southeast of Sana’a, with up to six civilians killed and 15 others wounded, reported Saba News.

There is no confirmation that Saudi Arabia conducted the air strike.

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The capital Sana’a was taken over by the Houthis in 2014, ousting President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi who fled the city. The Saudi-led coalition has battled with the Houthi armed group since March 2015 in a bid to push back territorial control and in the process targeted a number of civilian sites.