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Saudi-led raid kills 8 Yemeni troops

Yemeni people search for those who are caught under the rubble of destroyed buildings after Saudi airstrikes hit Yemen on 14 March 2017 [Mohamed Al-Siraji/Twitter]
People search for those caught under the rubble of destroyed buildings after air strikes hit Yemen on 14 March 2017 [Mohamed Al-Siraji/Twitter]

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike mistakenly killed eight government forces in northern Yemen late yesterday, a local Yemeni source said.

The raid targeted a site of Yemeni border guards in Mandaba in the northern Saada province, the source said today, on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

A number of soldiers were reportedly injured in the attack.

The source said the raid had coincided with clashes between government sources and Houthi rebels in the area.

There was no comment yet from the Saudi-led coalition or Yemeni government on the attack.

Read: 4 Yemeni soldiers killed in Houthi bombing

Yemen has remained locked in a civil war since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sana’a, forcing Yemen’s Saudi-backed government to set up an interim capital in the coastal city of Aden.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies began a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi military gains in Yemen.

According to UN figures, more than 10,000 people – including numerous civilians – have been killed as a direct result of the conflict.

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