Coalition raids on Yemen market kill 41 civilians

2016-03-15 22:22
A Yemeni boy carries what locals say is a piece of debris from an Emirati fighter jet that crashed in Aden. (Saleh Al-Obeidi, AFP)

A Yemeni boy carries what locals say is a piece of debris from an Emirati fighter jet that crashed in Aden. (Saleh Al-Obeidi, AFP)

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Aden - At least 41 Yemeni civilians were killed when Saudi-led coalition warplanes hit a market on Tuesday in the rebel-held northern Hajja province, medics and tribal sources said.

An official at a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the facility had received the bodies of 41 people killed in the raids, along with 35 people who were wounded.

A health official in Hajja said the casualties were civilians and included children, adding that "the toll could rise".

Local officials and tribal sources told AFP that coalition warplanes carried out several raids on the market in the town of Mustabaa.

The rebel-run sabanews.net website said that the coalition carried out two raids at the market and a restaurant in the area and gave a toll of 65 civilians dead and 55 wounded.

It quoted an unnamed source as saying that health facilities in Mustabaa and the neighbouring town of Abs were receiving the casualties, but were short on medical supplies.

The coalition launched its campaign against Iran-backed rebels in support of the Yemeni government on March 26 last year.

The World Health Organisation says more than 6 200 people have been killed in the conflict.

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