Strike in Ye­men said to kill 11 civil­ians

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

SANAA, Ye­men — An airstrike by the Saudi-led coali­tion bat­tling Ye­meni rebels struck a ve­hi­cle packed with flee­ing civil­ians Tues­day, killing at least 11 peo­ple, Ye­meni se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said.

The of­fi­cials said the toll is ex­pected to rise, with sev­eral women and chil­dren in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

In­ter­na­tional rights groups have ac­cused the coali­tion of bomb­ing civil­ian gath­er­ings, mar­kets, hos­pi­tals, and res­i­den­tial ar­eas across Ye­men since the be­gin­ning of its cam­paign against Houthi rebels in 2015.

Sep­a­rately, United Na­tions of­fi­cials said the coali­tion barred a U.N. flight to Ye­men’s cap­i­tal, Sanaa, which is con­trolled by the Houthis. The plane was go­ing to drop off aid work­ers and BBC re­porters from Dji­bouti. The coali­tion shut down Sanaa’s in­ter­na­tional air­port a year ago.

All of­fi­cials spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they weren’t au­tho­rized to speak to the press.

The war has been mired in stale­mate for most of the past two years, with more than 10,000 civil­ians killed and 3 mil­lion dis­placed.

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