Saudi-led coali­tion airstrike in Ye­men kills 29 peo­ple

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

A sus­pected airstrike by the Saudi-led coali­tion fight­ing Shi­ite rebels in Ye­men killed at least 29 peo­ple, in­clud­ing chil­dren, in the coun­try’s north, a Ye­meni health of­fi­cial said Wed­nes­day.

Abdellah al-ezi, head of the health of­fice of the north­ern Saada province, said the airstrike struck a small ho­tel in a mar­ket, wound­ing 28 other peo­ple. Saada, which borders Saudi Ara­bia, is a strong­hold of the Iran-backed rebels, known as Houthis.

Ahmed Mo­hammed, an eye­wit­ness, in­sisted there were no fight­ers in the ho­tel. “This is an act of ag­gres­sion by the Amer­i­cans, the Saudis, and the Zion­ists, and by God’s will we will take re­venge one day. And even if we don’t get re­venge, our chil­dren will,” he said.

Al-ezi said an­other airstrike killed three peo­ple Wed­nes­day in a dif­fer­ent part of the vast province.

In­ter­na­tional rights groups have ac­cused the coali­tion of bomb­ing civil­ian gath­er­ings, mar­kets, hos­pi­tals and res­i­den­tial ar­eas across Ye­men since its air cam­paign against the Houthis be­gan in March 2015. The coali­tion aims to re­in­state the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised gov­ern­ment of Abed Rabbo Man­sour Hadi.

Hadi’s forces have been bat­tling the rebels over the past two days east of the rebel-held cap­i­tal, Sanaa, and in ar­eas close to the Saudi bor­der, leav­ing more than 100 dead on both sides.

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials from Hadi’s forces say their troops have ad­vanced in sev­eral ar­eas near Sanaa, which fell to the Houthis in Septem­ber 2014.

In the south­west­ern city of Taiz, more than 80 peo­ple were killed on both sides in fight­ing over the past two days, the of­fi­cials said, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rised to speak to the me­dia.

The stale­mated war has killed more than 10,000 civil­ians and dis­placed 3 mil­lion oth­ers, and has pushed the Arab world’s poor­est coun­try to the brink of famine.

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