Air strike on Ye­meni mar­ket leaves 25 dead

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

SANA’A: A to­tal of 25 peo­ple were killed when a Saudi-led coali­tion war­plane struck a pop­u­lar mar­ket in Ye­men’s north­ern prov­ince of Saada, Houthi-con­trolled state Saba news agency re­ported yes­ter­day.

The agency quoted an of­fi­cial as say­ing the air strike hap­pened on Satur­day night and tar­geted al-Mash­nak pop­u­lar mar­ket at the cen­tre of Shada district in Saada.

He said the vic­tims were cus­tomers and own­ers of shops, and that sev­eral oth­ers had been crit­i­cally in­jured.

Saada is the main strong­hold of the Shia Houthi move­ment, and is where the group’s leader Ab­dul­ma­lik al-Houthi is based.

Since March 2015, the coali­tion has been fight­ing the dom­i­nant Houthi rebels, who have seized con­trol of most of north­ern Ye­men.

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