Yemen rebels say coalition air raid killed 9 civilians

2016-09-02 20:40
Smoke billowing from buildings following a reported air strike (File,AP).

Smoke billowing from buildings following a reported air strike (File,AP).

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Sanaa - Huthi rebels in Yemen said on Friday an air raid by Saudi-led coalition warplanes on a house northeast of the capital Sanaa killed nine civilians including women and children.

The raid hit a house in Maran village, "killing nine people, the majority of them women and children, and wounded others," the rebel-controlled website said.

The report accused the coalition of deliberately targeting the house and called for international intervention to "end systematic massacres and aggression" in Yemen.

On Wednesday, the Iran-backed Shi’ite Huthis said coalition aircraft killed 16 people including women and children when they attacked a house in Saada province, the insurgents' heartland in north Yemen.

The Arab coalition launched a military campaign against the Huthis and their allies in March 2015, after the rebels closed in on Gulf-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in his southern refuge of Aden, forcing him into exile.

More than 6 600 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since then, according to UN figures.

After the failure in Kuwait of UN-sponsored peace talks, the Arab coalition resumed its air campaign on August 9 and the rebels stepped up attacks against the border regions of neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

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