Yemen: 16 civilians, incl 7 children killed in Saudi-led attacks

25th Sep 2019
Yemen: 16 civilians, incl 7 children killed in Saudi-led attacks

By Mohamed al-Samei

 

SANA’A (AA): At least 16 civilians, including seven children, were killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in central Yemen on Tuesday, according to the Houthi rebel group.

In a statement, rebel spokesman Yahya Sarei said two airstrikes targeted a house in  Daelh, central province of Ad-Dali.
“Seven children and four women were among the victims,” he said.

A doctor at Al Thawra hospital in nearby Ibb province, which received the bodies of those killed, told AFP that seven children and four women were among the dead.

A local journalist, Hussain Albukhaiti, tweeted on the attacks that most of the casualties were from one family and that there was one other attack in Alfakher killing four.

“Casualties reachd 16dead,inc7kids&4women by #Saudi #UAE double tap strikes on Abbas Alhallemi home n Qatabah n Ad Dali province #Yemen
Most casualties frm 1family
Another strike targetd a car n Alfakher,4were kild
More than 100 strike since #Sanaa truce announcement.”

There was no comment from the Saudi-led coalition on the claim.

On Monday, the Houthi group accused the coalition of killing five civilians in airstrikes in the northern Amran province.

The attack came after the Houthis offered to halt drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia as part of efforts to end the war.

Yemen has remained wrecked by violence since 2014, when Houthi group overran much of the country, including the capital Sana’a.

The conflict escalated the following year when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains in Yemen and supporting the country’s pro-Saudi government.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the raging conflict since 2016, according to UN estimates.

*Bassel Barakat contributed to this report from Ankara

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Map of Yemen. Public Domain]

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