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Saudi-led air strike kills 15 in Yemen

Smoke rises as Saudi airstrikes hit targets in Yemen in April 2016 [file photo]
Smoke rises airstrikes hit Yemen [file photo]

Air strikes killed some 15 people in Yemen’s south-western city Taiz yesterday, Associated Press reported.

A civilian house in the Dimnat Khadir district was stuck by a missile according to tribal officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. The area has been subject to fierce fighting between Saudi-led coalition forces and the Houthi armed group.

In northern Yemen, up to four Saudi Arabian soldiers were killed at the southern border with Saada governorate, a known Houthi stronghold.

Yemeni journalist Hussain Al Bukhaiti tweeted that a Saudi-led coalition airstrike killed some nine civilians in a market in Saada yesterday.

Saudi Arabia’s most horrific attack came last year when it deliberately targeted an apartment block killing some 12 people, including six children. The block collapsed, causing civilians to be trapped under the rubble. Saudi Arabia claimed the strike was the result of a “technical error”.

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Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen in March 2015 following a request from internationally recognised President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi who needed help to neutralise threats posed by the Houthis who had taken control of the country’s capital, Sana’a. Three years on, Yemen has witnessed 10,000 deaths according to the United Nations and civilians remain trapped in the middle of cross fire, with dwindling supplies of basic amenities, and lack of access to sufficient water, sanitation and food.

The Houthis control much of the north of the country, including Sana’a while Yemen’s internationally recognised government is backed by the Saudi-led military coalition and is based in the south.

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